Women wear make-up for many reasons, Darren

Once in a while you read an article that makes you wonder if it’s meant to be taken as a joke or not.

“Women please keep your faces on for your selfies” by Darren Norris (Irish Examiner, April 3) switches from poking light-hearted fun at the trend of selfies, to a misogynistic twist about how he doesn’t wish to look at women without their face on, that make-up is solely for improving looks and attracting men.

Mr Norris also mentions men get away with “a shower, a shave, a splash of deodorant and a quick brush of the teeth”. He is confusing hygiene, a basic care of the body, and make-up, a choice pushed on grown women. I wear a lot of make-up, I love the colours, I enjoy trying new trends. But I go to work bare-faced every day. I feel no shame.

Women put on make-up for myriad reasons: Perhaps they are tired from a long week at work and want to look fresh, maybe they have skin problems, or maybe they wear it because society dictates they should look perfect and poised at all times. It’s a choice.

Maeve O’Rourke

High Street

Cork

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