Fun with job interview advice
In which I go slightly overboard while reading advice for new graduates.
While I would not identify as a feminist (mostly because of the weird associations of the term), how women get and do not get jobs based on their appearance makes my blood boil. If that is how the world is going to be, then there should be regulations for men as well. Such as, “Thou shalt not go about with a three-day old beard.” Also, the whole tone of the article was sexist as well. What if a guy wanted to go to an interview wearing make-up?
I don’t want to wear make-up and I don’t like how society is trying to force me to do it. I am not ashamed of my skin. I’m sorry if you are so indoctrinated by years of Photoshopped models that you don’t like my skin. Nature gave me these scars. Yes, even the one on my temple that looks like a mini meteorite crater. My normal make-up consists of eyeliner and mascara and if I’m really late and/or lazy, just mascara. If I’m really, really late and/or lazy, it consists of splashing my face with water.
I don’t want your job if you’re only prepared to accept that I can do it once I wear a certain amount of powder on my face. Being neat and looking after yourself is one thing, but I still want to be comfortable with myself, thank you.
This turned into an unnecessary rant. Don’t mind me. I’m probably just overreacting, as usual.
I have the feeling that I wanted to say something else. It was something about the books I am reading… Oh yes! I have now replaced the NaNoWriMo widget in the sidebar with a “currently reading” one. We’re all probably tired of looking at that winner’s badge by now. I meant to take it down at the end of December actually, but I forgot all about it! 😉
At the beginning of this holiday, I made a list of books that I wanted to read. All of them except one were books that I’d never read before. It goes like this: The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Book Thief, American Gods, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages and A Game of Thrones. I’d only read The Hobbit before. So far I’ve been able to cross off American Gods and A Game of Thrones (both excellent, 5-stars). I’m making very slow progress with The Hobbit, because I’m trying to make it last, partly because I love it so much and mostly because I know the heartbreak that is waiting for me at the end. As for HP… I’ve made progress up to Order of the Phoenix now, because I need to reread the whole series before I can finally read the last one. So that’s something. Further I’ve failed in my reading resolutions. I keep getting distracted by other books. I finished A Study in Scarlet yesterday. It’s one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes. It’s also the first of the 60 stories and I was again reminded of my mistake to always think of Holmes and Watson as middle-aged, while neither of them could have been 30 in that first story.
Now I’m off to read some more!