Zazzer Zuzz

Jan 7

Natural Beauty Is An Oppressive Fucking Value

thepeacockangel:

I hate the obsession with “natural beauty” yes, people can be absolutely fucking stunning without makeup, or hair products or whatever but I find the valuing of “natural beauty” over artificial beauty honestly creeps me the fuck out.  For one thing, everyone, and I do mean everyone, has to groom to some extent, not to mention that let’s be fucking honest here some of us are not born beautiful, and that’s just fine.  Being an “Unnatural beauty” is just fine as well, being ugly is just fine too.  Songs like Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” highlight the ugliness of this value.  The idea that if a woman wears makeup, or clothes that enhance her body that she is somehow immoral or vain, and that her appearance ”tricks” men, or that valuing “natural” beauty is somehow more feminist than allowing women (and men) the agency to decide their own appearance, to paint their face how they choose to.

Natural beauty is a more oppressive value than simply valuing beauty, because beauty of one form or another is A: attainable by nearly everyone, and B: is often an expression of the person who’s created it for themselves, the way someone does their makeup, the clothes they choose are often a way of speaking about their personality underneath their appearance, “natural” beauty on the other hand is merely the genetically determined appearance of a person.

I think it’s incredibly misogynistic when men think that makeup, hair, etc is all about them, and think of it as a deception intended to trick them into mating with a women who’s not “really” beautiful, or perhaps they prefer it when women are generically attractive without any personality reflected in their sexiness, so that they can project whatever personality they want onto her.  I hate it when men tell me I look better without makeup, because to me it feels like they’re saying “You look better when you don’t talk” 

Hugh Heffner talks about how simple and natural his ideal bunny is, and of course although the idea is to give the illusion of a well scrubbed midwestern girl they’re just as if not more artificial than any eyelinered rock n’ roller, but I think the idea he’s expressing is not actually a lack of artifice but a lack of recognizable artifice, and thus a lack of self expression.  He wants women who don’t speak, who don’t have individual personalities, because that allows for mass appeal, and purer objectification.  Fuck that shit, I’ll wear all the damn eyeliner I please.

(via avry-deactivated20110415)


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