You know, it’s not really feminist if you disrespect what I genuinely enjoy, simply because it is a traditionally feminine interest.
In January, Buzzfeed posted a video called “Can It Be Feminist to Wear Makeup?” It showed two sisters, one who loves makeup and another one who is more into academic and stereotypically geeky interests (cue Dr. Who theme music). As these two sisters battle it out, we hear some insight into the complex relationship between girls and makeup. Here are a few screenshots.
My Humble Opinion:
Buzzfeed, you did it again (please let me work for you when I grow up ‘ll be in heaven and just 100% happy all the time). You didn’t follow mainstream criticisms of makeup. You broke out of that tough “makeup is not feminist” ideological bubble. You are transforming makeup into a social tool. *claps all around*.
I love the specific lines between the sisters. The geeky girl accuses her sister of wasting their parents money on “tools of patriarchy”, but her sister jabs back that it doesn’t say much when the geeky girl is willing to spend money on Dr. Who tee-shirts. The geeky girl says her sister is doing “what society is telling you to do”, without realizing that being a geek is also being a different product of social construct. This raises the question: what is the difference between the two sisters – is the geeky sister benefiting feminism and society more than the makeup-loving sister? I believe feminism does not mean the eradication of the idea of femininity – that’s impossible to reverse. Rather, it is smarter to utilize with full force that femininity so that, while we continue to doubt the natural validity of feminine behavior, we as women don’t have to give up femininity, instead using it as a tool for personal and social empowerment.
I do wish the video did not just make the make-up loving girl say she just “liked” makeup – as if makeup is only for personal pleasure. Let’s try to make this tool into a social tool as well, not just something women personally just “like” to do!
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