Hillary Clinton is amazing, and yet she makes the news because she didn’t wear makeup. This is outrageous. Jezebel has a good response to all the media attention Clinton received for HAVING A FACE. I, for one, am sick of feeling like I have to wear makeup to leave the house. I actually enjoy putting makeup on for special occasions and one of my favorite things about date night is spending time choosing my eye shadow color. But what about when I’m headed to class, the post office, or grocery shopping? I wear makeup because I feel social pressure to do so. You Thiwould be hard pressed to find a photo of me without makeup. I know this isn’t true of all women, I have a lot of friends who wear very little makeup. Maybe it’s because I grew up in So Cal, but I have never been that brave.
However, not wearing makeup should NOT be NEWS. It’s like the patriarchy coming to life and saying “listen little lady, if you aren’t pretty, no one cares what you have to say!” We get the same message all the time about weight. (Be skinny or shut up! Be skinny or no one will take you seriously!) And one of the most frustrating things is thinking about how much money I spend on makeup. During my lifetime so far, I have spent thousands of dollars on makeup. Ugh.
I’ve reached my limit. I’m sick of this. And you know what happens when I’m pissed— I take action.
On Friday May 18th and Saturday May 19th let’s all change our profile photos on facebook/twitter/blogs to pictures without makeup. I am going to have to take one in order to do this, (and a little bit it horrifies me) but I don’t care. I’m tired of pretending that the way I look is what’s most important to me every day. I am so much more than my Mac ProWear NW 20. I encourage you to do the same. Then send me your photo to fairandfeminist (at) gmail.com and I will post all of our amazing, beautiful faces on here for everyone to see! (Don’t worry, I won’t post your name) Also, let me know if you get any interesting reactions to the photos.
Let me know in the comments if you’re participating! And for good measure, here’s my makeup-less face: