Surely being a Professional Beauty - let alone an ageing one - is one of the most insecure and doomed careers imaginable.


Julie Burchill

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What I find most upsetting about this new all-consuming beauty culture is that the obsession with good looks, and how you can supposedly attain them, is almost entirely female-driven.


Julie Burchill

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The truth of the matter is, beauty is a specific thing, rare and fleeting. Some of us have it in our teens, 20s and 30s and then lose it most of us have it not at all. And that’s perfectly okay. But lying to yourself that you have it when you don’t seems to me simple-minded at best and psychotic at worst.


Julie Burchill

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Shame, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder.


Julie Burchill

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What sort of sap doesn’t know by now that picture-perfect beauty is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway?


Julie Burchill

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My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my ’Top Ten’ friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.


Julie Burchill

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Surely being a Professional Beauty - let alone an ageing one - is one of the most insecure and doomed careers imaginable.


Julie Burchill

896

As a child, I wanted only two things - to be left alone to read my library books, and to get away from my provincial hometown and go to London to be a writer. And I always knew that when I got there, I wanted to make loads of money.


Julie Burchill

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As a precocious teen I dreamed of being Graham Greene. Well, as it turned out, I never wrote a great novel, sadly, and I never converted to Catholicism, happily, but I did do one thing he did. That is, in middle age I moved to a seaside town and got into a right barney with the local powers-that-be.


Julie Burchill

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I am firmly of the opinion that women who make a lot of effort to hang onto their looks in middle age (unless they are beauties, entertainers or prostitutes) are rather sad, as one should surely have something more substantial to recommend one by this time, such as kindness or cleverness.


Julie Burchill

896

A good part - and definitely the most fun part - of being a feminist is about frightening men.


Julie Burchill

896

Mind you, I’ve always been a very off-message type of fat broad one who gladly admits she reached the size she is now solely through lack of discipline and love of pleasure, and who rather despises people (except those with proven medical conditions) who pretend that it is generally otherwise.


Julie Burchill

896

I have experienced jealousy, possessiveness, verbal abuse and violence from men, but I have also experienced jealousy, possessiveness, verbal abuse and violence from women, usually when I failed to respond to their advances.


Julie Burchill

896

I’ve never been nostalgic, personally or politically - if the past was so great, how come it’s history?


Julie Burchill

896

My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my ’Top Ten’ friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.


Julie Burchill

896

The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion things to make life easier for men, in fact.


Julie Burchill

896

The Feminist Me says that a woman’s right to her own body should be inviolate at all times, free from fear of peeping paps.


Julie Burchill

896

Fact is, famous people say fame stinks because they love it so - like a secret restaurant or holiday island they don’t want the hoi polloi to get their grubby paws on.


Julie Burchill

896

Monarchists frequently declare that without the royal family, Britain would be ’nothing.’ What a woeful lack of love for one’s country such statements express.


Julie Burchill

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Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death’s perfect punctuation mark is a smile.


Julie Burchill

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