Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Theme of the Day: Beauty Salons

Do your days have themes? Mine do sometimes. OK, maybe not themes, maybe more like minor sub-plots. Or something. One day, I saw three fat people eating red licorice at various points on my perambulations. Weird.

Today's theme is Beauty Salons. (Seriously, that's what they're still called in the Yellow Pages in this year of grace [and beauty] 2011.)

This afternoon I was stopped on the street by a stylish and clearly frustrated young woman asking for directions. She had a smart phone in her hand that wasn't working for her. She asked me if I knew where a specific salon was. Nope. I didn't say, but tweeted later, that she'd no doubt fare better if she asked someone who looked like she had actually been inside such an establishment in the last decade.

Later, cruising the toobz, I found this at LifeShite.
A new approach to get information about the high abortion rate among black women in the U.S. to thousands of people was launched at a trade show for barbers and hair stylists in Atlanta over the weekend, reports Christina Martin of Bound4Life.

Over a thousand hairdressers told organizers of The Samson Project that they would talk about abortion in their shops.

According to the organizers of the “Samson Project” - named for the long-haired Nazirite of the Old Testament - over 1,000 people committed to watching their DVD, and talking about abortion’s tragic impact on the black community in their shops.

Genius, eh? What more captive audience than people with partly completed hair-dos who can't escape until the job's done?

I'm thinking there are about to be 1,000 hairdressers who lose some serious business.

Later a tweet from Antonia Zerbisias: 'Hair salon ad depicting battered woman sparks online furor', which sent me here. There's a photo of the ad there.
A two-year-old ad for an Edmonton hair salon uncovered by a New York advertising executive has unleashed a ferocious debate on abuse versus art.

The ad, one in a series of six, shows a stylish young woman in heels and big hair with a huge black eye sitting on a couch. A young man in a suit stands behind the couch holding a diamond necklace.

“Look good in all you do,” the tagline reads.

The salon's owner is Sarah Cameron, who tries to defend it.
“The ads were our interpretation of a particular ‘art form,’” she wrote. “Is it cutting edge advertising? Yes. Is it intended to be a satirical look at real life situations that ignites conversation and debate? Of course.

“Is it to everyone’s taste? Probably not.”

'Look good in all you do' includes:
Other photographs in the “Look Good In All You Do” series on Facebook depict a woman smoking a cigarette on a mattress in an alley; a stylish young woman dragging well-shod female legs from a white hearse; and an Amy Winehouse-lookalike.

Am I turning into a humourless old feminazi? Go look at the ad. The couch is ugly, the room is barren, the hair-do is weird, the model looks stunned. The shiner is MASSIVE.

The gal is NOT looking particularly good.

So, I'm thinking that if someone wants to try to co-opt beauty parlour employees into proselytizing captive customers, information on violence against women might be a more productive topic than bullshit about abortion equalling genocide and/or slavery.

Mostly, I'm reaffirmed in my desire to stay the fuck outta Beauty Salons.

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