Barbara Follett, despite a political education in the harshest of circumstances, is mistaken. Cosmetics are the antithesis of power; they are the quintessential mark of victimhood and servility. Acknowledging, by submitting to its strictures, the mutually exploitative nature of artifice in visual presentation serves only to prolong the miserable, if ancient, deceit. Gaining freedom from such petty considerations as arbitrary and evanescent dress and cosmetic codes is the route to equality of power for women. It is not possible to be your own creature at the same time as being the creature of the folly of others.

Steven Ford Haydon Bridge, Northumberland