This picture has an iconic feel to it.
Here she is: the frustrated hair dresser, the girl not quite cute enough to be a cheerleader, who might not have gotten invited to the prom, who still needs to work out her frustration at never having been a runway model.
She doesn't just go for a "hairdressers dog," she also dresses up for the shows, pinning her hair into curls in hopes someone will look up the leash as well as down.
Is it working? Not apparently.
The fact that so many women flock to dog shows, or used to, has always been a puzzle.
Is the slow but inexorable demise of dogs shows a sign of better times?
As I wrote a few years back:
The core message of the American Kennel Club is a simple one: beauty pageants are how we should judge dogs.
By extension I assume that the women who attend dog shows also assume that beauty alone is how we should judge women?
If so, what an odd thing, and how very backward.
Could one reason that the American Kennel Club has fallen so far out of favor be, quite simply, that modern American men and women are no longer willing to judge people on looks alone?
If a man cannot be the wrong color, can a dog?
If a woman is more than tits and teeth, is a dog more than gait and ear set?
Think about it.
Maybe the rapid decline in AKC registrations goes hand in hand with the rise of civil rights, and a world that is increasingly run on merit.
Who cares what your dog looks like? What does it DO?
Who cares what you look like? What talent do you bring to this job?
** Tits, Teeth and Trophy Wives
** Mistaking Tits for Talent at the AKC
** Tits and Teeth are Not Talent