lemme know what you think! it’s not a big important article— just a post i wrote cuz someone i know feels guilty about wearing makeup.
These are good thoughts. So often I hear things like “since men don’t do X,* that means no normal human being would do X unless they were being manipulated/filled with self-loathing, so not doing X is the way to assert your humanity like men get to do”. Notice something there? It’s androcentric. It’s letting men define the default human. As though we really know how men would act outside of a gender-oppressive society.
There is the other matter that many cosmetics companies use anti-woman marketing campaigns that basically feed consumers with the message “you’re not good enough without us”. I’m not the gender police, so I’m not going to tell women which companies they should or shouldn’t support. But it does make things more ethically complicated.
In the end, I think the most important thing is to examine oneself and to be true to one’s best self-expression. Maybe you’re wearing makeup because you want to be a heterosex toy. Maybe you’re wearing makeup to avoid workplace harassment. Maybe you’re not wearing makeup out of feminist resistance. Maybe you’re not wearing makeup because of a skin condition. Maybe you’re wearing makeup to be the most fabulous version of yourself you know how to be. I can’t tell just by looking at you, and any assumptions would be based on stereotypes.
As long as your words and actions support gender freedom, your makeup will too.
*Bro looks like he’s wearing makeup to me: