As a feminist women and a fellow makeup lover I think this is important for us all to think about Love her!
Originally posted on Broke for Beauty:
There’s some controversy about girls who love makeup, and this can come from stigmas about vanity and narcissism as much as the simple fact that feminism can be confusing.
The word “feminism” means the belief that women are people, and deserve equal opportunity to men. Nothing more, nothing less. That’s a pretty overwhelming definition, and people have taken it to mean a number of things. Some second- and third-wave feminists pointed to women happy to be stay-at-home mothers and homemakers as a detriment to feminism, even while promoting equal opportunity. Nowawdays, many feminists look at beauty bloggers and feel the same way, saying those women are trapped in the societal pressures to value their beauty above everything else, have dumbed down to become nothing more than an empty shell of femininity, and promote hyper-feminine behavior to young, impressionable girls. Whether we’re looking at beauty bloggers or housewives, the general idea is that these women are hurting feminism by embodying and promoting men’s idea of what women “should” be. I think the concern here is that if I’m blogging about beauty, I must not have thought about why I care about it; otherwise, I’d stop.
Victim-blaming aside, I see where these misconceptions may come from, but when you think critically about what feminism means, the only people who are a detriment to feminism are the people who explicitly advocate for keeping women “in their place” or ignore the fact that women are disadvantaged in our society.