I have a confession to make. I am vain. And I don't like to be seen in public without make-up. I probably started wearing it when I was 12 or 13, and haven't gone many days without it. As I've gotten a little older, I've started to question the use of make-up. I mean, it's pretty silly that girls feels like they have to put harsh chemicals on their faces to fit into a mythical idea of beauty. It's sad. Even though I use all-natural beauty products, the question I have to ask myself is why? Why do we try to hide? A man's worth isn't defined by whether he nearly stabs his eyes out every morning with an eye pencil to make them "stand out". Why are we held to a different standard, and why do we give in? I know it's what I've grown up with. I've never known anything different.
And if we are going to be really transparent (no make-up here), I am sometimes afraid of being viewed as one of "those" feminists. You know the stereotypes. The all-natural (considered unattractive) chewy feminist who MUST be a lesbian.... and probably hasn't looked in a mirror since the Second Wave.
It's an inner-feminist struggle that I have been wrestling with, and haven't fully concluded. Cognitive dissonance. I just haven't been able to let go of make-up. It makes me feel so much more comfortable, and pretty, and commodified...(hah).
I fear that people will write me off.
Maybe I am a little on the fringe. But all I'm asking is, why do we wear make up? Sometimes I think we don't even stop to think about it.