At Girls Who Wear Glasses.
Here is a little story for you. If you don’t already hate Idiot, this should do it.
Once, in the aftermath of an argument, Idiot told me that red nail varnish made me look cheap and tacky. There was no provocation, no relevance. He just said it.
Before that comment, I had worn red nail varnish every single day for three years. After that, I didn’t touch it for six months.
It physically hurts me to admit to that, you know. I let a horrible, spiteful, badly-aging man tell me what not to wear. Had he been going out with the Laura of today, he would probably have ended up in hospital.
When things started going badly (because that actually happened when things were relatively OK) I broke out the red nail varnish again. Partly it was because I knew he hated it, but it was mostly because what I chose to wear was nothing to do with him. Or anyone else.
Why am I bringing this up now, you ask?
WELL, a couple of weeks ago, you may recall, I mentioned on twitter that I had just read a blog post entitled Ten Trends That Guys Hate On Girls. As of right now, it remains unpublished. It was written by a friend of mine who does freelance work for the online version of a fairly well-known magazine.
Despite my unrelenting adoration of the girl who wrote it, I was absolutely appalled by its content. She was too, as it happens. She fully intended to be a political journalist by now, and yet here she is. Telling women how to impress men.
When it rears its ugly head online, her article will dissuade the women of the world from wearing jumpsuits, playsuits, headbands, the colour pink and t-shirts with cartoon characters on them. All because MEN have decided that these things are unattractive.
Ultimately, it’s up to you if you want to listen to that kind of drivel. And if you do, there’s plenty of it out there. Two seconds into a google search on the subject and I was OVERWHELMED by articles telling me that I will never get a boyfriend if I don’t step away from my Ugg boots*.
But I URGE you to ignore anything of the type. Women are much too brilliant and attractive to have to pander to the aesthetic preferences of men. By all means, be gorgeous. Wear makeup, dress well, have excellent hair – but do it because it’s what YOU want to do. And, for the love of god, if anyone EVER dares to tell you that you look cheap and tacky in red nail varnish, maim them.
*REGARDLESS of the fact that Ugg boots are incredibly hideous to behold, I like them. I have more than one pair and, in the winter just gone, I would probably have died a horrible death without them. It would certainly take more than A BOY to stop me from wearing them. Also, if you still aren't convinced, Britney Spears wears them. And that's good enough for me.