"Maybe She's Born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline"

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Tara Baldrick-Morrone [+-]
Florida State University
Tara Baldrick-Morrone is a Ph.D. candidate in Religions of Western Antiquity at Florida State University. Her research considers how early and modern Christian communities use discourse about abortion to create difference and define the boundaries of normative Christian identity.


In this chapter, Baldrick-Morrone takes aim at two contradictory ideas: that women are supposed to wear makeup because that’s what women are supposed to do, and yet wearing makeup can put women at a disadvantage when looking to gain or have their authority recognized. Drawing on different studies, Baldrick-Morrone argues that existing bias favors looks and appearance over a woman’s credentials or previous experience when evaluating whether a woman is capable of occupying a role of authority.

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Baldrick-Morrone, Tara. "Maybe She's Born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline". Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40276. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40276. Aug 2024

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