The Woman who claims that sharing an air conditioned climate with men is sexist, Radhika Sanghani, is now complaining about her aesthetic insecurities, namely, her nose. On her claim of sexist AC wars, Sanghani wrote:
I am freezing cold as I write this article at my desk. I’m wrapped up in a jumper with my legs crossed under me to keep warm, and my sleeves are pulled as far down as they go.
My two female colleagues are sitting opposite me wearing their jackets, and there’s a stack of emergency desk jumpers in case things get worse.
The men around us are all pretty much jacket-free. In fact, most of them have their shirt sleeves rolled up and religiously maintain that the temperature is ‘fine’.
Welcome to office life, where women battle daily with the air conditioning, and men have no idea there’s even a problem. They toil in their dream temperatures, while women are left to shiver. Or in my case, wrap themselves in a weird grey poncho/blanket/scarf.
This has been going on for decades, so it’s really about time we had this conversation. There must be thousands – dare I say millions – of women out there having these exact AC office wars.
Now she says that she just can’t be comfortable with her appearance because she’s self conscious about her nose. Apparently, it’s all about Hollywood stereotypes, where women with big noses get fewer roles and more discrimination than those with smaller noses. Sanghani tells us that
In our society, big noses have been taboo for all too long. Take Hollywood. While there are plenty of larger-nosed men, there are just a handful of female celebs with strong profiles: Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Lea Michele, Anjelica Huston and Meryl Streep. Unlike their male peers, they’ve had to deal with criticism of their looks for years, and it’s no surprise that many aspiring female actors are rumoured to have had nose jobs before, or early on in, their career.
As a result, I grew up thinking that you can’t be beautiful unless you have a snub little ski-slope of a nose, like Kate Middleton or Mila Kunis – and I know other women have too. There just aren’t enough larger-nosed ladies with stereotypically ‘hot’ roles in movies or ad campaigns to make us think an aquiline profile can be pretty.
But times are changing and fashion and beauty is becoming more diverse than ever. Catwalks are suddenly full of plus-size models, Hollywood is finally starting to understand the importance of representing all races, and it’s no longer unusual to see a model with a disability or condition like vitiligo in a major ad.
But despite all this, I feel like the only taboo that hasn’t been broken is the big nose, and it’s not right. We’ve seen the ulfiltered spotty skin, the stretch marks, the cellulite and the body hair all being reclaimed as our own and beautiful online. But noses are still hidden in subtle head tilts and awkward poses. We need change. It’s why I’m using this article to launch the #sideprofileselfie.
What Sanghani seems to forget is that the women on the big screen, television, magazines, etc are held to a higher standard not simply to create a new psychology towards women, but because they’re thinking about sales psychology, that is, what sells. Obviously, as far as the movie caster is concerned, they look at physical beauty as one of the aspects that they consider when casting for a role, because, after all, they want to sell it at the box office, and beautiful women are a contributing factor to the commercial success of the movie industry.
But in the marketing world, it’s more than just movies, you see well-groomed and specially picked models pictured for all kinds of products and services, and that’s done not simply to create a standard for all women, but to sell the product. But apparently, she is so self conscious and insecure about how she is perceived by others, that none of this really makes sense to her. In Sanghani’s mind, it’s not about marketing, it’s about discrimination.
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