This is more of a general gripe, and it’s no longer quite the overwhelming norm as it once was. I’m talking about women on TV always looking made up. Just out of bed, running after a bad guy, going through a friggin’ wormhole to another planet – all done while wearing impeccable makeup, and without a strand of hair out of place. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve cringed when female characters are put through the wringer and still look better than I do after simply walking a mile in a slight breeze.
Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1, for example, wouldn’t really wear bright lipstick out in the field. Her hair has almost always been questionable (for my personal taste, heh), but there was also never any doubt that it took some styling time as well.
Women in law enforcement, when not in the office/station, would probably tie their hair back when they head out instead of letting it flow all gorgeous and shiny as they run (wearing high heels) after a suspect. Props to Numb3rs, because Megan often times at least puts her hair back into a ponytail when outside the office, in a situation where running after someone is likely to happen anyway.
I dunno. Maybe I’m the only one who finds it ridiculous. I do think the industry is getting away from it a little bit (I’ve seen promos for the new Battlestar Galactica, and several of the women don’t look prettied up), but the prettification of women in unrealistic situations is still prevalent.