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    The makeup thing is interesting to me. You wear too much? You're an insecure slave who looks like a prostitute. You don't wear any? You're not professional, not polished, don't care for yourself.
    Personally, I've read The Beauty Myth and I agree with it (I think it should be mandatory reading for ALL humans) but I do wear make up and when my children have asked why, I'll answer honestly - "I just want to today" and if there's a why? I'll say just like I want to wear my yellow shirt today, I want to put this on my face.
    I'm not naive to the patriarchy and the society we live in and I'm a feminist. I've got to the point in my life where all I can do is make my own choices about my body and give my children information and choices and they'll make their own decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    The pressure on women to wear make up in order to fit a certain expectation kind of is evil though.

    If you stopped wearing makeup do you think some people would think, possibly even make a sideways comment that you'd "let yourself go"?

    What advice would anyone have for a woman going for a job interview "wear some make-up (not too much) so you look professional".

    How many women say they feel naked without their "face" on?

    The expectations on women to wear the "right" makeup for a variety of situations is immense but it is so deeply ingrained that it is rarely even called in to question.

    Why should my professionalism be called into question because I am bare faced, but my male colleague's is not?

    I appreciate the art in skilled make-up application and think that men or women should feel confident to use it as an extension of self expression. I don't think it is right that a woman is expected to spend 10-60 minutes longer a day getting ready than a man. That's a minimum of 125 days of her adult life spent just doing makeup. If you have a one hour face then that's more than 2 years of your life spent applying makeup.
    Very well said. I think we often don't see some aspects of sexism in our society because they are just so normalised. Women may say 'but its my choice to wear it...' but would that choice be different if societies expectations were different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meg2 View Post
    Very well said. I think we often don't see some aspects of sexism in our society because they are just so normalised. Women may say 'but its my choice to wear it...' but would that choice be different if societies expectations were different?
    Same thing as the hijab/burqa. Women say it's their choice... However with all the pressure and expectations involved is it really a fair choice?


 

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