Should we tell girls not to wear makeup?

Long Lunch 14/02/2018

A Wellington school has cancelled a makeup class that promised to show girls "how to look good with a few clever tips".

Evans Bay Intermediate faced backlash from parents and students who thought the "glitz and glamour for girls" elective sent an unhealthy body image to the children.

The class was a new addition, offered alongside other options such as language, sport, writing, and technology, held each Friday.

So how young is too young to wear make-up and should we be telling young girls not to wear it because it over sexualises them?

Dr Pani Farvid, AUT senior psychology lecturer joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to share her thoughts on the issue.

She says it's a problem because the elective specifically targetted girls looking to make themselves glamourous.

It's not saying come and learn the art of makeup artistry, as a profession or as a skill.

"It's definitely about looking a certain way, looking better, and it's targetted at women," she told RadioLIVE.

"That's the problem that we have. It's part of that sexualisation process."

Listen to the full interview with Pani Farvid above.

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