Women's Cosmetics and Sexual Harassment (pronounced "har-ass-ment", not "harris-ment")

Just a quickie:

Ever wonder why "rouge" (french for red) is also called "blush"?

It's because women's cosmetics duplicate the facial coloration of sexual arousal -- cheeks, lips ... blush.

Eye make-up is designed to draw attention to the eyes -- the 'window' of engagement of mutual attention.

Women who wear make-up at work, then, are drawing attention to their sexuality in the workplace.

Casts another perspective on sexual harassment, doesn't it?

One solution?

Obvious.  No make-up in the workplace.

Wearing make-up?  No right to claim sexual harassment.


  1. Nice post.

    I've been reading up on the power of make-up, adding little insights here and there. It's all coming together.

    Mesmerizing, hypnotizing, the power to enslave the observer.. just simple biology in action.

    That's about it.

  2. Or should I say a mimicking of biology to create an advantage.