Posted by: colettebelden | January 19, 2016

Breaking a Lifelong Habit Created by Society

So let me put this out there, I have always had bad acne. It’s something I’ve struggled with since puberty and continue to today. Though putting makeup on my flawed skin makes my acne worse and agitates my skin, I would rather live day to day covering up my imperfections to impress others, rather than caring about my own health. We shouldn’t live in a society where we feel like we always have to cover ourselves up in order to protect us from what others think. As a woman, I feel like there is so much pressure to always look my best and be all done up on a daily basis, because you never what cute boy is watching. This striving for physical perfection adds so much stress and pressure to daily life, but does it amount to anything? I don’t think so. I think our society has engrained in our minds that females HAVE to have a full face of makeup and not a single hair out of place to be attractive, and that males HAVE to be rough, dominant, and muscular. But as I have some to find, I admire people so much more when they go against the guidelines of what society has created. My goal for this year is to break the lifelong habit I have formed from society of covering up my imperfections, because it’s exhausting and at the end of the day, who cares. We all have imperfections, and if you don’t, then you aren’t human.

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  1. I also do not like wearing make-up and I find that when I don’t, I have more time in my mornings to make breakfast and read a book and relax before class, this helps me enjoy my day more. When I stopped wearing make-up everyday, about 2 years ago, I found that I started to feel more confident and free.

  2. I think it is also important to remember that instead of just telling girls “oh you shouldn’t wear so much make-up” or “wearing too much make-up doesn’t look good” that sometimes it’s more than just covering up perfections. For me personally, I have a ton of acne scars so I wear make-up to cover that but I also really enjoy putting on and wearing make-up. We shouldn’t shame girls into thinking they can’t or shouldn’t wear make-up at all but focus on promoting beauty whether make-up is worn or not. I have seen tons of videos on social media saying girls and women shouldn’t wear make-up and to let their natural beauty shine through but if doing makeup is something you enjoy, you shouldn’t feel ashamed or fake by wearing it.

  3. Yes! There is definitely a push and pull between making women who love makeup feel comfortable with wearing as much of it as they want and making women who don’t wear makeup feel comfortable in their own skin. I liked what you mentioned about it coming down to “you never know what cute boy is watching”. Not saying that all men should only like women when they don’t wear makeup, but the fact that the pressure we place on ourselves stems from our patriarchal society displaying what “should be” beautiful through the media is slightly disturbing.


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