Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fake tan.

A school head mistress in England is trying to ban pupils who attend her school from wearing fake tan.
If you had children of school going age would you support this ban or not?

Personally I think- although I find bright orange fake tan ridiculous- it's a typical teenage attempt to be 'individual' while being exactly the same as everyone in your year. I have seen some SPECTACULARLY bad tan jobs on uniformed girls AND boys in the last year, streaky orange legs, dark funny looking knuckles, brown necks but with ghostly white faces. Yes it looks stupid, but they're kids,a nd it's not exactly harming anyone.
ON the other hand I see some parents are all for it, putting fake tan in the same bracket as piercings and over the top hair dyes (which I also don't really disapprove of, it's only hair).
What do you reckon, overkill or quite right?

Disclaimer, Etheline and I once tangoed ourselves to ridiculous effect. It took days to wash off and that experiment was never repeated, I now have a perfectly good farmer's tan from running outdoors. Naked, I look not unlike a skewbald horse.



Anonymous Shebah said...

I think the headmistress can make whatever rules she likes in her own school, as she is responsible for the image presented by the school, and in these days of league tables and stiff competition, schools have to be on their toes full time. I have to wear two hats on this one. In my schooldays, many students greatest pleasure was in breaking school rules and being as subversive as we could get away with. So strict rules are good, as the pleasure of breaking them (and getting away with it) is all the sweeter. If there are no boundaries, students with unlimited freedom will go ape. With my second hat on, as a mother, I think the more children have to conform, wear the same uniform, fit into a fixed structure, the less likelihood of being bullied for being different in any way.

10:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I think my two hats are the same! How folk change when they grow up! Seriously though, I was at a birthday party for a friends 7 year old recently and one of the mothers brought her little girl wearing little transparent high heels with a little short dress and full make up. She was a beautiful child, but it made me feel queasy.

10:08 a.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Im not too sure about this. I can understand the need to impose conformity and sympathize with the resultant desire for rebellion.

Think I'll park my bum firmly on the fence on this one. Ouch! Splinters!

11:15 a.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

You CANNOT ban fake tan. What would we laugh at if that happened?

Ronseal quick drying woodstain. does exactly what it says on the tin.

11:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yikes Shebah, at 7? I'd be squiked out too.
In my old school you weren't even allowed wear two rings on on hand.

But huzzah for oompa loompas, like Docky says they make me laugh on a regular basis.

11:27 a.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

why doesn't the school offer tanning lessons......? solve all their problems.....

11:38 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Instead of Home Ec? God, I learned approximately nothing in Home Ec, except that I don't like coconut.

11:51 a.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

What is so wrong with this?

12:04 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Nuffing. Or those boys with the wind tunnel hair and tango tans and pouts, I can't find the link but I swear, they're hilarious. hmmm, I must post a Scotify photo.

12:21 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I'm dead agin it. All those mussy-headed D4 girls in their uggs looking like mammalian clementines. I just want to point and guffaw at them...

12:32 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Goodfellas wives.

12:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall your experiment with Etheline on the fake-n-bake, and still get a chuckle out of it...if there is a way to get a "natural"-looking tan from a bottle, I don't know of it.

What I can't understand is what shade people are going for. You have black and brown people the world over wishing they were lighter, and willing to buy products specially designed to bleach one's skin, and pasty white people the world over wishing they were darker, and willing to bake oneself like a turkey and buy products specially designed to darken one's skin.
I guess it's possible to see both as an endorsement of multiethnic couplings?

I'm just glad I moved north, where I can be as freckly pale as God intended (without anyone taking notice of my paleness), rather than being always the odd woman out at home in the South.

1:06 p.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

They should be allowed wear fake tan provided they are also sporting a burqa.

1:07 p.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

I think the guy in your picture is doing "blue steel" unless i'm very much mistaken.

The disturbing thing is that more school girls want to be like Jordan or Britney Spears rather than any athelete, scientist or stateswoman.

1:09 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'd say that's more 'Magnum'.
And AYE! SInce when does pale = unlovely? What's wrong with just being a gentle pink or creamy alabaster?
But then teenagers being teenagers like hues and tones of many colours, I excuse them. Thirty something year old women in varying shades of "mammalian clementine' ( how brilliant) not so much.

1:14 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I think it's a harmless trend.
It works the same as hair dye in my view.
They'll look back on their orange adolescence and cringe.

1:24 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

Having rules allows kids to use theri imagination to get around them, and any rebel can rebel relatively harmlessly.

i reckon thogth that fake tan should be allowed - not much harm there) as long as kids also have to do their own laundry to get the rubbed off bits out.

1:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Grimsab- if you move North in the UK a fake tan is practically mandatory! In the South it has become fashionable to be pale and interesting or very lightly bronzed but up North is footballers wives country where the more tangoed you look the better to catch that rich footballer.

3:16 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

kinda like this Shebah?

3:41 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

The fence is the right place to be on this one. As bad as fake tanning is (it looks bad and putting those chemicals on your body is probably not the healthiest thing either) there are so many things kids could be doing that are worse. Plus, if you let them have at it, the style will change soon enough and they'll outgrow it. Why make something so funny a taboo when it'll die of its own accord anyway...

3:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tanned girl looks better.

4:16 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Anonymous - is your real name Ashley Cole?

4:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have enough tans with all those fucking Romanians around the place

4:27 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have enough tans with all those fucking Romanians around the place

4:27 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

I could swear I've seen that man's cleavage-sweater combination before. I think it was in The Rover's Return.

What's wrong with his face?

4:43 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I don't normally rise to it, but: anonymous, you're an boring idiot.

4:46 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

It looks like the pics up at Hot Chicks with Douchebags.

5:20 p.m.  
Blogger jothemama said...

Hmm, I odn't know that it's entirely harmless. If you google the ingredients, and their effects, and then you consider that our skin absorbs about 60% of wat we put on it - add to that the amount of foundation and general makeup a lot of teenage girls wear, plus deodorant and perfume and moisturiser and body cream and shampoo = toxic teens...

6:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

But better that sun's ray though right?

7:11 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

And Docky, darling, don't feed the monkeys.

8:21 p.m.  

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