I wear lipstick. Always have. I wear it hunting, painting, walking in the rain, doing the laundry, or meeting the posse for a toddy. I wore lipstick while giving birth. My baby never noticed, but the midwife seemed quite flattered.
In faded photos, I am working on a longline boat that is deck-loaded with black cod, coiled gear, and yours truly sporting raingear, a fillet knife, and the prettiest shade of Copper River Red there ever was.
1,400 feet underground in a Montana goldmine, beneath a yellow hardhat, this gal wore Dolomite Pink stain, enhanced with just the slightest hint of Golden Geode gloss. Didn’t care what the crew thought: I was too busy hauling cases of dynamite and samples of rock core up and down those dank, dirty mine shafts and absolutely required the sangfroid that luscious tubes of waxy, oily pigments seem to provide.
Furthermore, I raised my daughter with one cardinal maxim to take with her into adulthood:
Always carry a lipstick and a Leatherman tool wherever you go because what you can’t get done with one, you can generally accomplish with the other.
In other words, far as I’m concerned, lipstick always has been and always will be one of those absolute necessities that has, until quite recently, been a mere detail in the survival kits of savvy babes.
Enter the Pit bull.
The world got a little smaller the moment a certain fellow Alaskan made the nefarious analogy of lipstick on a pitbull as her signature statement. All politics aside – why, oh why, must they sully the good name of lipstick? Plenty of plucky, intelligent, fabulously average lipstick-wearin’ women are being maligned by this odious association and all the subsequent commentary that goes with it.
That said, I heartily encourage all chickee-babes to reclaim the moral decency that lip products once held. Alaskan women – I’m especially talking to you! Daub a little extra color on that pretty cupid’s bow before you field dress that moose or hook that halibut. Whether you plan to be racing in the Iditarod or just going out to split up some BTU’s for the wood stove, choose a color with extra emollients and high SPF. Alaskans are in the limelight now, and as ambassadors we should take this opportunity to shine!
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