Mad hair and no lipstick
At the Churches of Christ women's day in October I was MC for the day... and event organizer (hence the "go-to" person)... and led a closing devotion. I ran around madly all day... then stopped off for a toilet break after a round of thank yous and goodbyes.
A terrible sight greeted me in the ladies' mirror. My hair had gone horribly mad, my lipstick was all gone, my mascara had flaked off (I had heard that most mascaras are based on industrial glues, and had opted for a chemical-free softer alternative. Only to discover why most mascaras use industrial adhesives). I had recently turned up to a pastoral care class minus lipstick, and was treated to a concerned enquiry about whether I was feeling ill... yes, the mirror confirmed I can look washed out without a bit of cosmetic assistance.
Fancy "MC-ing" and "mini-preaching" while looking so ghastly!!!! I did smile wryly at myself however... I'm clearly a failure as a stereotypical feminist if I'm troubled by such superficialities.
However, I have to confess I am genuinely interested in the impact of these "superficialities". Some women in ministry seem to almost be excessively masculine... it's almost as if to be taken seriously in a man's world they feel the need to adopt ultra-short haircuts and masculine attire. Others seem to be a bit... well... daggy. (Note to U.S. friends... that's an Australian colloquialism meaning nerdy, ignoring current fashion and even that which is vaguely flattering). At the other extreme is the "Darlene Zschech" clone... there seem to be some churches where a worship leader / speaker needs to be beautifully made up, blow-waved and fashionably dressed... ordinary-looking women need to be carefully kept away from the spotlight.
Personally, I think professional people ought to dress professionally... neither femme fatale, nor dag, nor pseudo-man. On the other hand... I like the idea of great diversity in personal style being OK.... that the rich variety in the body of Christ is expressed, rather than a narrow range of stereotypes being OK.
In other words, I'm a confused soul rambling in a stream of consciousness.... inviting you to contribute your thoughts on whether looks matter... and whether they should. You might also want to confess to your own personal "bad hair days".