I've never understood why women use make-up. My friends tell me it's because it makes them feel good about themselves but that doesn't make sense because the make-up itself doesn't have any intrinsic biological properties that can affect a person's sense of well-being. It's not chocolate. I think what they mean is that other people's reaction to their physical appearance makes them feel good about themselves. Which would make sense except that these are the same women who exert themselves endlessly to be taken seriously as intelligent people. I'm not sure how anyone can take you seriously when deep down he knows that you have willingly painted and glossed all over yourself in an effort to modify his behavior towards you. Woman don't wear make-up for themselves. They wear it for others. Men and women know that. They are complicit in this deception. And together they goad each other on to their daily disguises; masks which instead of offering protection, make a woman naked and vulnerable. It just doesn't make sense.