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This week, blogland offered up election worries for Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, questions about those studies showing how people perceive women wearing makeup, and why some women are building up their “Klout.”

  • We didn’t know what to do think when we put them in “In the News”: studies–more than one–showing that when women wear makeup, they’re more often perceived as competent. But Liz Scherer, at Flashfree: Not Your Mama’s Menopause, had some ideas.  In Makeup Makes the Woman? she quotes a Proctor & Gamble exec commenting on the studies:  “‘makeup is a real life tool in [the female arsenal that allows women] to effectively control the way they want to be — and are — perceived.’ The message? Makeup is king in a manipulator’s toolbox. And in order to take control and be in control, women need to manipulate their image. What happens when that image is taken away from them and they are ‘found out?’ And truly, what messages are we sending? […] I would like to suggest that perhaps, we are both the influencers and the influenced. What makes the woman? It’s up to all of us to decide.”
  • The week you win the Nobel Peace Prize shouldn’t end like this. For Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, we learn from the Women’s Media Center, it ended with electoral bad news: After the October 7 Nobel, “voting began October 11 in Liberia’s presidential election, and Sirleaf led with 44 percent of the vote after 96 percent of polling stations were counted. To win the presidential election a candidate needs a 50 percent majority in the first round. This means Sirleaf and her closest contender, William Tubman—whose popular running mate, George Weah, is a legendary soccer star—will head to a run-off on November 8.” We’re guessing she can pull it out; according to WMC, “Sirleaf beat Weah in the 2005 presidential election though many believed his sports star status would be a challenge to her résumé, which includes a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard in 1971 and a stint as minister of finance at the World Bank.”
  • It’s been too long since we featured Nicole Hollander’s Bad Girl Chats, so this week’s a twin: First, a tale of what happened when she bought a spray-tan spa day in a silent auction: “The next day I was at the salon, wearing a paper thong and being spray painted impersonally with a professional looking gizmo moving up and down my body as if I were a wall being graffitied by children. I twirled my arms as instructed, rotated my body and received the oddly unpleasant treatment. …[Then] I ran off to have my hair low-lighted. Did I mention I was going to a wedding in the Virgin Islands? Few people would know me there, which is good, because I look nothing like I did before. In fact, I do not match my passport photo and may not get to the wedding.” Next: the Sylvia  creator confronts the constant question facing midlife women: Am I inappropriately dressed? Take her poll on the subject, but only after watching the video, or what can only be called The Many Faces of Sylvia.
  • What’s your KLOUT score? If you don’t know, don’t worry. It’s not like your credit rating; it’s just an index of how many people forward what you share on Facebook, Twitter et al. Still, Forbes has produced a list of Most Powerful Women with Klout. The winners, they say, “are leading humanitarian efforts, developing game-changing products, and creating content that reach millions. We think it’s commendable that in addition to all their work, the top ten women on our Klout list spend time engaging with their communiy through social media. For that we’d like to give +K in shaping the world both off and online.” Who’s atop the list? Oprah? Lady Gaga? Click over and find out.
  • This week’s film clip,  pointed out to us by  Women and Hollywood, is Oranges and Sunshine, starring Emily Watson, 44. Watson plays “British social worker Margaret Humphreys who discovers a horrible truth, that British children in foster care were deported to Australia with promises of “oranges and sunshine” only to be stuck in very difficult and at times abusive living situations… many had parents who were alive and siblings who had no idea where the kids went.” Melissa Silverstein adds that she loves movies like this: “Small, moving stories about interesting and important topics.  Margaret Humphreys is a true hero and I was really glad to learn about her.” It’s in limited release now, which means we’d better get to the theater fast.

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