Halloween masks intimidate and take away the dignity of older women. But Christmas figurines, art, and sculptures lift them up on a pedestal of eternal light and festivity from white-haired granny dolls to figurines of Mrs. Santa Claus. Sometimes Halloween is extended to intimidate ethnic groups dressing differently. Check out the article, “Boys’ bullying of woman on bus sparks amazing compassion .”
Halloween for older women might feature golden-hued cat masks or neutral art that focuses on decoration without taking away dignity. In Sacramento, walking along Watt Avenue on or around Halloween invites passing cars filled with young people to hurl objects at older women pedestrians, from sticky streamers to paint.
Hair on masks of witches is white, black, or red. You rarely see blonde or brown-haired witch creations
At the very least, the number of shouts, yells, and screams meant to startle increase between Halloween and New Years Day. So do the number of objects tossed from car windows onto the female pedestrians, usually older women with white hair. Faces usually are heavily wrinkled. Some masks portray partially-bald white-haired women with convex noses. The images portray too realistically how women age and how females look when they are aging or the very old. It’s intimidating to most older women who don’t want to be hidden away or portrayed in masks. Many older women admiring masks prefer the Venice-carnival-type masks of golden eye decor, fairy type masks, or even cute kitten masks.
And in buses, you can read news reports of how many white-haired older women were sprayed with unknown chemicals by passengers (young males) boarding the bus, and as they pass by an older women secretly spray her with a noxious-smelling chemical of sorts.
Youth uses holidays to intimidate, abuse, frighten, and bully older women
It frightens the woman because she doesn’t know what’s in the chemical. If the women doesn’t notice who has just sprayed her, there’s no one to complain to, and nothing happens. For older women riding public transportation, it can happen any time, but Halloween to New Years is the season for lack of reason. It’s a time of year many older women nondrivers take to their homes and apartments, especially in the afternoons.
Youth intimidates older women on Halloween and uplifts older men as Santa Claus art. Sacramento stores have some exquisite art, sculpture, and autumn, Halloween, or other winter holiday season decor on display around town. What’s wrong with the media picture? It’s the ‘culture’ of using symbolic ‘real’ faces of old people to fashion sculptures of Halloween witches and demonic figurines, mannekins, and various dolls or statues, including masks.
Too many older women are presented to children in books and media as doing something negative instead of creating great art, writing, science, or technology, or raising healthy families
Why do old women in so many children’s books for kids under age eight have to do something negative instead of creating wonderful achievements? See, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!”
The problem is the faces of the witches are not cat-like or unreal. The art is just too realistic. Fairies in art usually are portrayed as young females. But around Christmas time, the white-haired granny doll is transformed into Cinderella’s godmother image in art, complete with a wand and a smile, in spite of wrinkles, rotundity, and white hair. Older women are tired of being presented to the world as either being witches, negative in-laws, or doing something evil, disgusting, or not positive, whether in kids’ books or entertainment media.
Where is the talent of older women on Halloween?
And why are witch masks usually of old women and intimidating? You don’t find many warlock (male) masks as you do of old women as witches. Exquisite talent, yes. But the witch mask faces look exactly like some of the faces–and, or stereotypes of the faces–of the elderly.
It’s the type of faces you might you see when you visit skilled nursing homes for the aged. In fact if you look closely at the witches faces, the ones without comical features, they resemble older people you see in the street, on public transportation, in hospitals, and in those nursing home environments.
The masks are too realistic when it comes to portraying what old women look like
The media perpetuates the use of a certain type of facial features, complete with wrinkles and white hair to represent the Halloween witch. The trouble is, the faces on these witches often resemble the real faces of older adults who don’t want to be represented as evil witches. It just attracts more abuse of the elderly by people “brainwashed by imagery” into associating old faces with witches and demons. When some people become mentally disturbed, they already have their brains imprinted with the faces of old women. What happens is that these disturbed people all too often board a bus and toss some chemical into the face of the first white-haired older woman they see. Why?
Just because she’s old, has wrinkles and white hair, the face already becomes fodder for a Halloween mask. And where did their brains become imprinted? Maybe not with an abusive relative, but more likely by looking at media imagery and actual dolls, masks, statues, or mannekins as well as illustrations and cartoons of witches depicted with the face of old women, real faces, in fact too real. You don’t see the good-natured elves with those type of faces used for Halloween season witches. And when does that season start? Not at the end of October. It starts on Sept. 23rd, which is Autumn Equinox Day.
Why do manufacturers of these Halloween statues, dolls, masks, and mannekins make the faces of Halloween witches look like real people when people get old? This creates a disharmony and fear of old people as nasty, bitter, scary, or dangerous. Teachers who substitute in kindergarten classes are sometimes asked by children, “Are you a witch?” Why? It’s the teacher’s older-looking face, dressed, perhaps in a black suit that puts the fears of witches and demonic characters into kids’ minds. But if manufacturers would make their Halloween witches look more like unreal creatures that are not the real faces of older people, children and teenagers would be more likely to respect older people, particularly older women.
You wouldn’t find bus drivers so often calling old men by the name, “Hey old-timer,” or “gramps” when an older man boards a bus. And you wouldn’t find young men in storefronts yelling, “Hey grandma” to older women walking alone on the street in the afternoon. Even caregivers address older women as “Hey, mama,” which rubs the older woman’s nose in her age. It might show more respect to not call people by names that tell them what they already know, their age. How about, “Hello, sir or excuse me, ma’m,” as they do in the military service to show respect? Not, “hey mama or grandma,” when getting the attention of or addressing any individual on the street to whom you’ve not been introduced.
Santa Claus has white hair and wrinkles, but he’s smiling, healthy in art, kids’ books, and most children’s media
Part of this problem of intimidation of older folks by the young in Sacramento is the habit of throwing gummy streamers left over from parties at older women walking along the sidewalk along Watt Avenue, an incidence which happened last year. A car passes an older women on the sidewalk on her way to the Country Club shopping center, and you see teenagers reach out and throw something, usually party streamers made with a gummy substance that gets on her clothes and in her hair.
The best way to stop the intimidation of older women around the Halloween season is to cut out the images of old women on Halloween decor, from the type of faces drawn on witch or granny dolls that emphasize exaggerated wrinkling. On Christmas elves, for example, you see smiling faces, up-turned features, and a joyful look in the eyes of the sculptures and dolls.
Witches faces have wrinkled, down-turned features, and white hair
It’s good for the hair-tint industry, but not good for women allergic to hair tints who need to go with stylish white hair without being ‘punished’ for being old by experiencing how young people perceive Halloween witch figures as real older women and real older women as scary or something to be punished.
This happens around Halloween. It’s disrespectful of older folk. And part of this cause is the use of real-looking faces that resemble older women and less often, older men, put on Halloween dolls, statues, and masks. How about using the face of a smiling cartoon figure or something that’s not real instead of the face of an older person?
When are the Halloween masks of witches depicted as elderly women with convex features and white hair going to stop? They are causing older women to be harassed in the street by young males out to taunt an older woman who might resemble some of the features portrayed in the witch masks.
Halloween also is a time when older women who look ethnic, regardless of which ethnic group they resemble, are more likely to be singled out and abused or jeered based on stereotypes depicted in Halloween masks, movies, ads, or even toys. But you’ll never see women intimidated around Xmas if their face resembles the TV ad version of Santa Claus (whose features are opposite those of most witch masks).
Elves with white hair are depicted as cute, friendly, and inviting as is the Santa Claus image
Even elves and other gnome-like creatures of fantasy don’t relate to older women–just the Halloween witch’s masks because it’s a woman-related mask of control and restriction like the corset. There’s a wide difference between the witch’s masks and keeping the witch or the older woman (mother-in-law symbol) in her place. Elves as white-haired male figures are depicted as outgoing and friendly.
Female figures with white hair and wrinkles are depicted as in-going, frightening, and old-looking to the point that they remind humans of their mortality. Often the masks of the female ‘witch’ figures are so realistic that they resemble older women, especially older women frequently seen in nursing homes or in assisted living environments. They are not the friendly, white-haired granny dolls images of baking cookies, nor are they Mrs. Santa Claus as depicted in art forms and sculptures.
It’s an ethnic thing also, because the witch’s masks depict Caucasian women with convex features. You don’t see Asian or African witch’s masks in toy or costume stores around Halloween, just masks resembling older women with convex noses, prominent chins, and sometimes white hair and moles or warts. Most of all, the witch’s mask is age-related. It shows the older woman too realistically, imitating how some real women look when they are over age 70.
Women are judged too much by appearance instead of achievements in old age
It’s not the white hair. Santa has white hair and beard. It’s the idea of a woman growing old when women are judged by appearance and facial features that are supposed to be baby-faced. The witch’s mask is a statement against the older woman. And the mask is used to jeer and restrict the powers of older women in general.
That’s why a witch’s powers were feared historically. She was a medicine woman, a healer in medieval times with medicinal powers and knowledge of how to make people feel. The witch represented Mother Nature, and to beat her down to size to fit the patriarchy, the witch’s mask has been morphed into power turned ugly by age.
Halloween mask makers, as well as toy designers and artists should make the witch’s mask resemble something that has never been human, such as a troll, gnome, or elf or some other creature of fantasy, not focus on the exaggerated features of some older women, including the ones that resemble ethnic stereotypes. Basically a witch’s mask depicts older women as a reminder of young men’s mortality. Even older women in real life carrying umbrellas against a hot sun are jeered.
White hair, small eyes, moles, and convex noses are seen in the media as witch-like whereas old women’s masks and faces on granny dolls that are supposed to be cuddly have Santa Claus faces—round heads, button noses, large eyes, and blonde or white hair, resembling a baby face or toddler’s face morphed into a sweet and lovable granny doll with the same face as the media’s modern depiction in TV and magazine ads of Santa Claus.
The problem is the stereotyped Halloween witch’s mask or doll is causing elderly abuse or harassment of older women whose faces feature convex noses, long, thin faces, white or black hair, and sometimes moles, warts, or other facial scars or growths.
Sometimes the older woman’s nose just grows and sags with age, giving it an appearance resembling the witch’s masks. But these older women are suffering needlessly by teasing or physical abuse from strange youths that just happen to pass them by in the street. Because of the stereotype of Halloween facial features depicted on masks, statues, dolls, puppets, and in art work, harassment against older women with the same convex facial features occurs at Halloween.
Halloween is a scary time for white-haired older women wearing maxidresses, or black and orange
It also can happen around Xmas when young males passing by older women carrying groceries home (or pushing groceries in their own wheel carts) are yelled at with a hostile “Merry Xmas” (with an added do you have spare change?) by panhandling young males walking up and down residential streets as the men leave some of the human assistance buildings built in residential neighborhoods.
Halloween is the worst time for the older population when passing the younger population, usually young males in the street on their way to shopping or other appointments. Unless the white haired older woman resembles Santa Claus in facial features, she’s set up for being annoyed at Halloween. Most of the annoyance comes from passing cars spitting at her or throwing strings of party gum that tangle in her clothes or hair.
Older women are harassed around most holidays, especially Xmas and Halloween, or any other holidays when gifts are given
It’s the grandma image that provokes hostility, name-calling, and threats of violence. Even the 4th of July draws these types from cars to spit party gum strands/strings from passing cars to older women walking down residential streets on a two-block walk to the nearest supermarket, bank, or shopping mall mostly on Halloween, but sometimes by panhandlers around Xmas and Thanksgiving, and often around the 4th of July.
And the convexity of some old women’s features is not a deformity. It’s just a variation of nose shapes and just as attractive in the eyes of many. The problem is the stereotyped features of the witch mask seen in toy stores, the media, on TV, and even in kindergartens. It’s the witch face mask. The face usually is always the same—an old woman with white or black hair, convex nose, thin lips, long face, a wart or mole on the chin and/or nose, and a skull with a flat occiput.
Older women in public often are abused on Halloween along with black cats let out to roam the streets
Women wearing long, black skirts around Halloween, particularly women over age 70 walking in the street, and especially those with white or grey hair are constantly harassed, abused, pelted with party gum, or in other ways mocked and jeered, including those wearing the Halloween colors of black skirt and orange blouse with black jacket, especially if they have convex noses, wrinkles, or other features depicted in the majority of Halloween witch’s masks. The more masculine nose an older woman has, the more she is abused, harassed, or teased, especially around Halloween.
The shape of the nose in question is the 16 th to 19 th century defining feature of the Hapsburg Empire of Austria and Hungary referred to as the Hapsburg lip and nose shape. It’s found all over Austria. And it also shows up in Wales, Cornwall, S.W. England, and Bavaria. It’s also called the Hittite nose, referring to its surmised origin with the Hittites that settled in Anatolia (Cappadocia) from areas in Europe, speaking an Indo European language.
Too many masks are made with negative expressions and in the image of ethnic or older women
The genetic way to inherit a convex nose is when a round-headed parent and a long-headed parent marry and have a child. That child is genetically predisposed to inheriting a large, convex nose, shortened or flat back of the head with a narrow skull shape on the sides, and narrow forehead, face, and chin.
The jaw may be oval or slightly square. It is not limited to any particular ethnic group or nationality. The face and nose shape is found throughout all of Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Central and Southwest, including India.
It is not specific to Jews or Arabs, Armenians, Iranians, Georgians, Caucasus Mountaineers, Dinaric Greeks, or Italians. There have been too many stereotypical cartoons with the purpose of belittling or diminishing the person with the big nose. Although large noses were made famous by comedian/actor Jimmy Durante referring to his big Italian nose as the “Schnozzola,” or Lebanese-American TV comedian/actor Danny Thomas referring to his convex “Lebanese nose.” A problem arises when people are discriminated against in housing because their nose is shaped like a stereotyped cartoon of one ethnic group or another.
Nose shape might have caused an uproar in the past when it was attributed to one ethnic group or another. For example, according to the article, “Flaw in the Jewel: Housing Discrimination Against Jews in La Jolla, CA,”—American Jewish History 84:3 (1996) 189-219, when Dr. Jonas Salk, the first Jew to move to La Jolla, CA moved next door to a non-Jew, that person put his/her house on the market.
People seeing others with convex noses that they haven’t met before may automatically jump to the conclusion that the person is Jewish or Iranian. But the highest frequency of convex noses on ancient peoples is found on the royal Egyptian pharaohs and on ancient Assyrian and Persian sculptures, and in northern Europe in Scotland and the far west of Ireland.
In Poland where 3.3 million Jews lived before World War II, Polish Christians rub the nose of the statue of a famous Jewish author for good luck. They also keep little figurines of red-haired Jewish scholars and rabbis in their home to bring in good fortune. Many of the figurines have convex noses.
In the USA, the convex nose statues are placed on Halloween witches, usually with black or red hair, but the witches convex noses are of ancient Celtic origin. Convex noses and dark hair are found frequently in the Cornwall area of England, a Celtic enclave, and in Wales.
Plastic surgery on your nose is right if something really is wrong with your nose, not just because it has a convex shape that turns down at the tip. That’s not defined as ugly. It’s just a variation. But, of course, it’s up to an individual’s perception of himself as to whether that person thinks the nose will prevent the quality of life the person wants such as a job promotion. So the answer lies with the individual’s preference.
For those who have convex noses, the thought is if everyone with a nose that has a downturned tip had their nose bobbed, then people with convex noses would be much rarer and therefore, more likely to be discriminated against in the workplace, for housing in some areas, and in the marriage market.
One woman’s war against teenage nose bobbing noted, “I’m always hiding my face with my hands, scared to panic that someone will see my Persian, Armenian, Hittite, Roman nose and automatically react with violence because everyone knows what a Jewish nose is supposed to look like.”
On the other hand, few know what a Persian, Armenian, or Roman nose is supposed to be. Is there the same stereotype—which is a normal, convex nose with a downturned tip? What’s wrong or right about a long nose?
The ancient Hittite nose is a feature native to Anatolia, Syria, and Northern Iraq that appeared in Neolithic times. It’s seen on the great Persian and Assyrian sculptures and rock friezes in art from three thousand years ago.
There’s no such protuberance as a “Jewish nose” any more than there’s something called a “Christian nose” or a “Buddhist nose.” A convex nose is the result of a round headed parent marrying a long-headed parent in any country
The child born of a parent with the genes for at least 33 to 50 percent round, short-headedness and a parent with the genes for at least 33 to 50 percent of long, low-skulled heads as seen in some Northern and Southern European countries, the Middle East, or Persia will create a child with a different type of skull—flat in the back (occiput) with a long, convex nose.
That child can come from any country. You see this type frequently in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, the Adriatic, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the Balkans, and anywhere else that short-headed people have married long-headed people of any religion or nation. In races other than Caucasian, you get the same result: short heads married to long heads beget children with large, convex noses and flat backs of the heads (occiputs) much of the time.
Ask someone to draw a Jewish, Persian, Armenian, Syrian, Turkish, or Caucasus Mountains people’s nose and you get a number ‘6’. Ask someone to draw a Roman nose—an ancient one of an aristocrat— and they are not sure or they draw the letter ‘L.’ The whole picture in people’s minds is built on years of cartoon caricature stereotypes and models used for painting.
The painting of the 14 th century poet, Dante Alleghieri shows the North Italian poet from Florence, a devout Catholic with a most extreme convex nose. Nobody cares because he’s an Italian Catholic. If he were Jewish, Georgian, Armenian, Syrian, Lebanese, Dinaric Greek, Turkish, or Iranian/Persian, painters would have used him in Renaissance paintings to depict famous Biblical characters in art and sculpture.
It has all to do with being intimidated and humiliated—not because the convex nose is so fervently associated with a consciousness of being from areas of the world where convexity is frequent, but with a myth that if you have a convex nose, you must be Jewish, and therefore treated like minority groups had been treated in the days of the Venice ghetto.
Sociophobia and stereotypes in holiday masks
And the stereotype can reinforce sociophobia in people vulnerable to panic disorder. Taking away one’s freedom of having people say a convex, long, downturned tipped nose is beautiful is like being told you have the wrong country’s nose and that a surgeon must take off what identifies you.
It’s like being told that thousands of years ago an ancestor came from a certain place and that has to be corrected. A plastic surgeon once said he’d take the hump off my nose, but what’s the point? Do you need symmetry to feel beautiful on the outside or inside?
Enjoy your natural nose if you think it’s somehow ethnic and you want to be proud of your ethnic nose. It’s a symbol of how you will make the world a kinder and gentler place. Why do we live in a culture that turns old women into ‘witches’ by making dolls and images with the realistic-looking faces of aging women? Maybe it’s good for the cosmetic surgery business, but it’s not a happy experience for older women who walk alone to shopping centers during the months of Sept. and October, particularly if they are wearing any black clothing.