Women stage protest after man slams commuter for doing her makeup on the tube

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Kayleigh Dray
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This is a man’s world, as Donald Trump well and truly proved with his shock victory against the far more qualified Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. But, as the song famously reminds us, it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.

And, when all of these women stand together, the world becomes a truly magnificent place – the kind of society that Beyoncé dreamed of when she penned the lyrics to her feminist anthem, Run the World (Girls).

Take, for instance, the genius silent protest that took place on the London Underground a few days ago.

It was New Year’s Eve, and the majority of us were preparing to embrace a brighter, better, and fairer 2017 with open arms.

However one man clearly didn’t share our dreams for the future, as he boarded a tube carriage and almost immediately decided to wage war on womankind.


Social media user Rosamundi brought his behaviour to our attention when she tweeted: “Bloke has just told the woman he’s with not to put makeup on on the Tube.”

However, much to the misogynist’s surprise, the female passengers sat alongside them were listening – and absolutely unwilling to stand for his bulls**t.

“Every other woman in the carriage is now fixing their makeup,” revealed Rosamundi.

All hail the sisterhood.

Rosamundi went on to explain that the narrow-minded passenger had told his female companion to put away her compact, because it’s “common” and “vulgar” to apply makeup in public.

“That’s basically a declaration of war,” she added.


The original tweet has since been shared on Twitter 1,400 times – and received over 4,300 likes.

And it has inspired countless others to come forward and share their own stories about being shamed for whipping out their lippy on the tube.

“A strange man on the bus once told me ‘putting make up on in public is very unbecoming of a lady’,” revealed one.

Another added: “I had an ex who kept having a go at me for wearing makeup including when I wasn't. A ‘dress for me, not yourself’ thing.”

Others – men included – joined the protest online, offering their own words of advice and solidarity.

“They should gang up and give him a makeover?” advised one.

“This is some serious silliness because it implies that it's OK to wear makeup as long as no one has to see you put it on,” pointed out another exasperated user.

“As an inveterate transport-make-up-er, it's defo aboutt using your stops wisely,” revealed another. “Stop = frantic mascara application!”

It all basically boils down to this; if we’re too busy to put our makeup on before we leave the house, we’re absolutely within our rights to do it on the tube.

If we want to wear makeup, we will – and if we don’t want to wear makeup, we won’t.

More importantly, if anyone dares tell us what to do, expect trouble. Big trouble.

It’s 2017, not 1836, and absolutely no one has the right to dictate our appearance. End of discussion.



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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.