You will notice that I had to censor one of my pictures from our beach outing on Sunday, due to complaints from my roommate whose father does not approve of any photos of his daughter in a bikini appearing in any public forum.
It's ironic because yesterday I had a long talk with my friend about Brazilian machismo, and comparing notes I realized how much worse the situation really is, from jealousy to control to all sorts of things I hadn't thought of.
I'm not sure how related this is, but I noticed today the different use of buns by Carioca women. The preferred hairstyle for young women here is down, straight, and impeccable. A ponytail is ok if you're going to the gym or really in a hurry, but the bun is a different story. You only wear a bun, which is not just any bun but a bun with hairpins, a thick hairnet, and quite often a really fugly hair ornament if:
a. you are a ballerina
b. your school requires all girls to (I saw some schoolgirls today all with the type of bun described above and I thought, my goodness, they tell them how to wear their hair!)
c. your job requires all women to (I often see women in uniforms with this type of bun hairstyle, especially in restaurants)
And last but not least, please watch this video of a macho man giving blood and talking about how easy and painless it is until he loses his cool.