Quick thought on feminism and skincare

I am well aware that feminism and a keen interest in skincare and/or beauty don’t really go well together. I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable when it comes to feminism, and yes I do label myself feminist, and a part of me thinks I should know better. But here we are.

Recently, some of my favorite feminists rallied against beauty, arguing that we cannot support a woman’s right to choose, when the choice is to go along with patriarchal ideals and spend a fortune on changing her appearance to fit the mold; we can’t consider it an act of feminism and we can’t support any and every stupid decision a woman makes, even if a woman, just like a man, should have the right to do what the hell she likes with her body. I can’t exactly disagree.

Not even when they argued that putting acids on your face is a terrible, terrible idea.

They are right. In theory.

(But also, they must not know what what it’s like to put acid on your face. It is nice.)

And. This morning I was listening to a lady, who was also not wrong, arguing that we spend all this time on putting on creams and makeup when we could be thinking about our next project, and…other important things. (I’m not a fan of important things! OK?)

This is also true. We could be doing important things. Start a revolution and that.

However.

Why is it always that which women do that is wrong? Why is it always women who have to change?

I know that there is a contradiction in this because, yes, the acids are used to change the appearance of the skin, just to use acids as a for example. But if everyone regardless of gender was interested in their best skin, it wouldn’t be a problem, would it?

And quite frankly, men seem to have too much time on their hands. It seems far more reasonable that men should change to be more like women, rather than the other way around.

If men were busy trying to find what to do about their eye bags and is an eye serum necessary, and if so which one???  they wouldn’t have time to do half of the shit they do. Maybe they wouldn’t feel the need to. Because, surely, putting on a good mask, makes you feel nice and relaxed, i.e. you’re less likely to feel the need to go out and beat somebody up.

 

That being said.

The whole beauty industry is a trap for women and it should not be defended.

But I still resent that it is always women who have to change, and who do change. I resent that we always have to be the strong ones, the responsible ones.

I’m just tired.

 

9 thoughts on “Quick thought on feminism and skincare”

  1. Yeah, right?! It’s a slippery slope. Just like you, I have the same feeling of “I don’t really *disagree*”, but at the same time… I don’t know.

    Basically, you’d have to be completely against all capitalism then, right? In order to be allowed to call yourself feminist, if that’s where we draw the line. And isn’t food linked in the same way? And exercise. And pretty much just existing? Not everyone will be revolutionaries. Can’t we just say this falls into “Bad Feminism”? 🙂

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    1. Yupyupyup. It’s a no win situation. It’s definitely a case of bad feminism, and I’m OK with that.

      Obvs I’d also like to argue that at least awareness is a step in the right direction. Maybe at some point I’ll do better.

      Then again, maybe I don’t want to be that good? Maybe I don’t think it’s a competition and I don’t care about being -the best feminist-.

      I bet there are essays on this topic. Do you suppose reading one would bring clarity or just make you infinitely annoyed?

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  2. But.. why is it not feminist to want to take care of yourself and your skin? D: I mean it feels really empowering to me when my skin feels great because I know I invested the right amount of effort into it.

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    1. Well you see, the beauty industry is based on the idea that a woman is a problem that needs to be “corrected”; changed and improved. The fact that it targets women almost exclusively makes it anti-feminist. If beauty products were marketed towards men to the same extent, it wouldn’t be anti-feminist.

      In addition. Your self-worth shouldn’t be dependent on appearance. You know, according to feminism, which I agree with. But I also agree with you, when my skin is good it puts me in a good mood, so why can’t I have that??

      But the problem is; WHY does that make me feel good? Why can’t I look like a pile of garbage and feel as if I’m the center of the universe, like men?

      Does that make sense?

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      1. It makes sense in a way! Though my view on the beauty industry or skin care is not to correct myself or improve myself for the sake of others, its for me and me only. I just don’t enjoy having oily or dry skin so i fix it for my sake 🙂 On the other hand, L’Oreal now has an ad targeted towards men for one of their clay masks. They’re not cruelty free but at least its not specifically just for women anymore.

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        1. Yes, well, if you look at it from a feminist point of view, you can’t take yourself out of context that way. To say you do it for yourself is to lack analysis. We all argue that we do it for ourselves, and sure we do in a sense, but isn’t it kind of convenient that it converges with current beauty ideals? How can you be sure you are -actually- doing it for yourself, and not just taking the easy way out? And why do you feel that this is something you want/need to do for yourself? Basically, it’s complicated.

          I’m not saying you’re wrong, and I’m not saying you should stop, I’m just trying to demonstrate feminist reasoning. (I’m currently sitting here my clay mask, just waiting to wash it off to pat some acid into my face so you know, I’m definitely not one to talk.)

          If only L’Oreal could get with the goddamn program and go cruelty free already, would make like so much simpler!

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          1. I see! While it might not be something I totally agree with, I can see where the reasoning would be coming from. I do hope L’Oreal would stop, but.. I think they’re selling so well already so it would probably take a proper boycott to make them stop.. Not realistic, I guess!

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