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01 November 2016

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The photo in this article is Photoshopped. The photos are exactly the same, apart from some Photoshopped white-skinning.

It is impossible to get two sequential photographs precisely the same.

The hairline also looks slightly blurred.

Remember 'Melting Pot' by Blue Mink?

Take a pinch of white man
Wrap it up in black skin
Add a touch of blue blood
And a little bitty bit of red Indian boy
Hmmmm Curly black and kinkies
If you lump it all together
Well you got a recipe for a get along scene
Oh what a beautiful dream
If it could only come true, you know, you know

What we need is a great big melting pot
Big enough to take
The world and all it's got
And keep it stirring for a hundred years or more
And turn out coffee coloured people by the score

Rabbis and the friars
Bishops and the gurus
You got the Beatles or the Sun God
Well it really doesn't matter what religion you choose
No, no, no,
Mick and lady Faithful
Oh, oooooh, and mrs Graceful
You know that livin' could be tasteful
Aaaaah, We should all get together in a lovin machine
I'd better call up the queen
It' s only fair that she knows, you know, you know

In line with Chris' prognostications, I heard recently that the expression 'Blue Blood' that used to refer to European royalty etc. actually originated in that fact that the working classes ended up with sunburned skins and their veins were therefore hidden while the ruling class had white skins and people could see their blue veins standing out.

The cosmetics industry specialises in offering a range of products that it claims will remove or ameliorate what their mostly female customers are convinced are bodily defects of one form or another.

It frequently uses highly misleading advertising to boost sales. So, for example, advertising will refer to mysterious ingredients with quasi-scientific names like Retinol-B or Meludium 2, in order to create an entirely false impression of a product's efficacy in, say, reducing wrinkles or improving skin tone.

Perhaps the most pernicious effect of the industry's advertising is to convince many women that what is perfectly natural is, in fact, some sort of undesirable aberration.

An enormous amount of time, money and effort are devoted to this task because it helps boost sales. Playing on a woman's lack of self esteem and concerns about body image is an extremely successful marketing strategy.

Basically, the industry works by inventing a problem to which it then offers a solution.

Bearing this in mind, it is no surprise to find that there are products intended to modify skin colour. Thus we have white skinned women engaged in applying products designed to darken their skins while dark skinned women are trying to do the reverse.

A century ago in Europe, a flawless white complexion was seen as evidence that a woman did no outside or dirty work. By inference, such a woman was thought to come from a superior class or social background.

On the other hand, a tanned face and arms suggested slogging away in the fields or feeding pigs or otherwise being engaged in low grade employment of some type. Such women were deemed to be from the so-called lower orders.

Also, this type of thinking naturally reinforced the prevailing racist ideas of the time, whereby a dark complexion was seen as a sign of inferiority.

Now, of course, a tan suggests that a white woman has the leisure available to indulge in sun bathing or the resources to afford the regular application of a fake tanning product.

The dictates of fashion are invariably ephemeral, often impractical and frequently quite stupid. It is therefore tragic that so many people fall victim to the dictates of an industry that exists solely to make money.

This tragedy is hugely compounded where people are persuaded that some of their most natural human characteristics such as skin colour are somehow undesirable and encouraged to use products of highly dubious efficacy or safety in an attempt to change them.

Capitalism has a lot going for it but its more exploitative and contemptible characteristics are on vivid display when it comes to fashion and cosmetics.

Important things first Lane 8 for Melbourne Cup. I woke up this morning with that number in my head.

Now, as for the women whitening their skinses...em samting blong ol meri iet ia.

Ol saveman ibin tok olsem "women dress for other women", em long soim narapela meri olsem "likim ol naispela samting mi gat ia?!"

Being a heterosexual non-racially discriminatory male I can say that skin tone doesn't matter a damned.

In other words they can't pin this one on us!

There is an old saying: 'The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.'

When I used to return on leave from PNG where some ladies used huge curlers to try and straighten their hair I saw other ladies in Australia paying large amounts of money to hairdressers to curl their straight hair.

Currently there appears to be an explosion of tatooing happening, mostly it seems, with the very people who can't afford to buy shoes for their children on a cold winter's day but always seem to be able pay the ever increasing cost of a packet of cigarettes.

What these people will look like when they become old and decrepit is not worth thinking about let alone how much it cost them to disfigure their bodies.

If you asked them what they thought about people in other less fortunate nations you would probably hear these people denigrate those from a less developed country for their 'primitive' traditions of tatooing their bodies yet they can't see they are merely following like sheep all those around them.

Years ago I can remember these same sort of people denigrating PNG cargo cults, yet when I asked them about poker machines and gambling on horses they were adamant this was totally different.

Of well, what horse do you have in today's Melbourne Cup?

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