Hard on the heels of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales atrocity comes this blast of fetid air from the zeitgeist :
The youngest generation’s greater willingness to embrace nontraditional gender norms has opened up a new market within the beauty industry: men’s makeup.
One-third of young men said they would consider wearing makeup, according to Morning Consult polling, while 23 percent of all men said the same. Founders of men’s cosmetic brands credit the increased interest among young men not only to a wider acceptance of the idea that gender is fluid but also to the pressure to be picture perfect at any moment, thanks to social media.
In August 2018, Chanel debuted a line of men’s makeup, called Boy de Chanel, that includes a foundation and an eyebrow pencil.
Okay, you all may snigger at this, but even I am not immune to the siren call of male cosmetics: a little dab of Hoppe’s No. 9 behind the ears does wonders for the self-esteem.
I even carry a small bottle in my
gun bag purse for the occasional touch-up. (And all you Kroil and CLP devotees can get knotted. If Hoppe’s was good enough for my Dad, and his dad, it’s damn well good enough for me.)
Here’s one which should make all grown-up people spit their breakfast gin into the Rice Krispies:
With the fragile millennial generation seemingly getting weaker by the day, a university in Scotland has fond it necessary to issue “trigger warnings” for college students asked to read Grimm’s fairy tales for class.
Now that said, I should point out that many of Grimm’s fairy tales — in their un-bowdlerized form, that is — are genuinely terrifying: if one is five years old.
I remember being quite frightened by some of the darker fairy tales myself, but that, of course, is the entire point of the things: they’re cautionary tales for children. Just take Hansel & Gretel as an example: don’t wander away from the house unaccompanied, or bad things will happen to you. (I bet that young Miss Bambridge’s parents regret never having read that story to their daughter during her childhood.)
But that supposed adults — university students, no less — who can vote, drive and buy alcohol (sometimes all at the same time) should require precautionary warnings before reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales ? Just think: some day these little weenies may be running countries and corporations.
Thankfully, by that time I should be dead.