Can women wear makeup and be feminist?
I recently came across a comment that berated someone for claiming that she wasn’t wearing any makeup when she clearly had some blush and concealer on, and then continued to argue that it was hypocritical to say that they were not anti-feminist when they “clearly leaned” towards that attitude.
I don’t know why this has to be said, but…
The answer is yes.
I cannot wear much makeup without trying to scratch my face off, which may or may not be because I grew up having to wear a LOT of it for Bharatanatyam dance performances. If I ever wear makeup, it’s a little bit of eyeliner, and occasionally some mascara to go with it. If I have a really bad pimple I might put some concealer on it. But day-to-day, I could not be bothered.
This DOES NOT make me more of a feminist than a woman who does wear makeup, no matter if she wears ten times more than me or only a little bit more than me.
You see, women can do whatever the hell they want, and that’s the whole point of being feminist.
If a woman wants to express herself through lots of colourful makeup, or wants to just enhance her features with it, it does not mean that they are doing it for attention. And it doesn’t even matter if they are. She should be able to wear makeup and not be judged, because it’s her bloody choice and she does not owe you an explanation for what is happening to her freaking body.
You are not feminist if you think it’s your place to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body, so focus on yourself because you have bigger problems.
And let me ask you this: why can’t women wear makeup and also be feminist?
Because they’re adding to the cosmetic industry’s success? Because they contribute to society’s message that women are weak and should be insecure? Because they wear it to please men?
Now let me tell you something: the reason that women can wear makeup and be feminist is simple.
Every woman deserves equal treatment regardless of what they are wearing.
A woman who wears makeup should be able to fight for their rights and ask for equal treatment. A woman who wears makeup should not be assumed to be weak or attention-seeking, just as a woman who doesn’t wear makeup should not be seen as neglecting her appearance.
Feminism is not about whether or not a woman colours her lips or her eyes or her cheeks.
Feminism is about being able to do those things, and not be judged for it either way.
Have you ever been told to put on more makeup or that you wear too much?