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Before & After Reddit/ Feminist Makeup Rant

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Last week, this photo on Reddit became the buzz of the Internet, at least in the crevices of the web that I frequent. It was posted by user “munner83” about three months ago. Though the photo had been available for a while, it resurfaced thanks to Reddit’s ability to vote up certain posts into relevance.

I found this picture intriguing, primarily because I had planned to do something similar. I don’t often wear make-up, but I would have done the following:

Half of my face would have been made up with mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow and lip stick. The hair on this side of my head, my unruly curls, would be straightened and polished. Basically, my main point was going to be that being a feminist doesn’t discount femininity.

Now, on the subject, I’m not sure if this woman is a feminist or not but the truth is that this was a cool move on her part, even if I am only saying that because I wanted to do it too… Some people say that makeup is used to hide who you are. Others say makeup is to accentuate your qualities. Whatever way you may see it, make up is a HUGE business being pushed onto women. Sure, I wear my makeup sometimes, and I feel great. Most of the time, I can barely gel my frizzy hair down before leaving the house.

From the title of the post on Reddit, “The Power of Makeup,” I’d imagine that the subject of the picture (who may not be the poster) wanted the world to see what a shocking transformation makeup can have, and how deceptive it may be. (Not as deceptive as Photoshop, amiright?)

This post is a bit jumbled, as I am stuck between my original intention of femininity and feminism mixing, and the fact that I am SO impressed that there aren’t many negative posts on the picture. TBH, I think the woman is lovely either way.

Before I get further lost in my jumbled head, makeup does not define a person. Makeup is used as a tool to allow women to feel prettier, whether it be because of the beauty industry shooting its expensive products at us, or perhaps because we truly enjoy the look that makeup gives us.

As a feminist, I see nothing wrong with wearing makeup, and will wear it when I feel the time is right, or I want to cover the dark circles under my eyes after a night of partying. I think the problem is the amount of advertising and pressure put on women, saying that without makeup, we aren’t pretty, or aren’t pretty enough. I don’t like when companies, or entire industries, tell people what to look like or how to act. At all.

The advertising fools me all the time, and I have been purchasing makeup, if not experimenting with it, since I was about seven years old. I used to buy brown and orange lipsticks, and I would try to look SEXY at age seven. That sums up my feelings about the makeup industry. I was seven years old, caking on blush and lipstick, trying to look sexy.


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  1. Pingback: Personal Before and After Picture « MediaFem

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