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Woman Not Allowed to Talk About Sexism Without Having Her Hair Curled

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Pro tip: If you're going to talk about sexism on a Rupert Murdoch-owned network, be sure and bring a curling iron.


Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, received the Smart Woman award from Red magazine at a ceremony in London on Sept. 3. At the event she told attendees her appearance was the result of a makeover Sky News had given her before appearing on camera to discuss sexism. Via The Telegraph:

Alas, she soon found herself with an example of sexism to document at Rupert Murdoch's broadcasting outfit when the make-up artists set to work teasing her hair and applying their powders to her face.

"The reason I look like this is that I had my hair and make-up done as I was on Sky News earlier," Ms Bates later told her audience as she picked up a Red Women of the Year award. "It was only on the way here I realised how hilarious it was that they thought I couldn't go on air to talk about sexism without my hair being curled."


Sky News has already responded to Bates' statement, according to the Evening Standard:

"We offer all our guests – both men and women - hair and make-up before they go on telly and it is entirely up to them whether they decide to take us up on it."

Pffft, everyone knows that straight-haired women cannot discuss sexism on television. Fun fact: Women with curly hair cannot discuss global finance without having their hair straightened. People, I don't make the rules, OK? Don't shoot the messenger.

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Pope Alexander

And isn't curly hair usually associated with being less professional and less organized?