As I mentioned in the Lipstick post, I received an email about a study conducted about women and makeup use by the Renfrew Center Foundation.
I emailed the PR rep, Jennifer, with the following:
I have a question for you, Renfrew, and Dr. Ressler: I'm curious why an eating disorder organization is studying makeup use in women. I don't see the connection, nor do I see what going without makeup has to do with eating disorders awareness week.
I have a blog post here: http://ed-bites.blogspot.com/2012/01/lipstick-connection.html
I really am interested in hearing a response from you guys. Thanks so much.
Thank you for your response, Carrie. Attached please find a copy of the full press release which further explains the survey that we conducted as well as our campaign, Barefaced & Beautiful, Without & Within.
Barefaced & Beautiful, Without & Within is a call to action - an opportunity for women to join together and go without makeup in order to celebrate their natural beauty and start a healthy dialogue about body image, self-confidence and self-esteem.
It is our goal that through this campaign, we will get people talking in broader terms. For many, negative feelings about one's self-image can set the stage for destructive behaviors, such as addictions or disordered eating. It is our hope that Barefaced & Beautiful - a community of supporters sharing natural photos of themselves - will promote a greater understanding of how beauty and confidence come from within.
Upon your review, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or if you would like to schedule a time to speak with our expert.
The press release was a Word document, which I've copied here:
So, to some extent, Renfrew isn't trying to deliberately link lipstick and eating disorders. They mentioned disordered eating, not eating disorders, which is very good. But it still rubs me the wrong way for some reason. I guess what I really want to know is why the Renfrew Center is studying makeup use. It just doesn't compute.
Jennifer's email ended with an invitation to speak with Dr. Ressler. I would like to ask her directly the question in the above paragraph. And since I'm going to be sending her the question via email, there's plenty of room to add other questions.
What other questions would you like to ask Dr. Ressler? Feel free to suggest away! I may edit your question slightly for clarity, brevity, or to combine several questions into one. I can't promise that I will submit every question asked, either, but I will do my best to make something comprehensive but not overwhelming.