Today's post is dedicated to basically all W's.
Can I preface this by saying I don't believe anybody deserves "special treatment"? In fact, quite the contrary; I think all human beings deserve the same amount of respect.
I certainly hope this doesn't strike you as a weird, diary-entry-style tirade—though I make no promises to the contrary—and I realize you're likely sitting there wondering where this came from, like . . .
It came out of nowhere.
Perhaps I'm listening to too much old-school Destiny's Child (is there really such a thing as TOO MUCH Destiny's Child, though?) or perhaps I'm dallying in too much thought / not spending enough time making sandwiches for my husband.
But really, I just like to collect empowering quotes by ambitious women. I have a stash of them in a folder on my desktop because I take screenshots whenever I come by them. I'm unsure why I do this except I get my jollies from watching people stick up for themselves.
I want to be able to honestly reassure my someday-daughter that her future holds as much promise as my someday-son's and to really feel the freedom to CHOOSE what she wants to do in life.
I also want to make sure my someday-daughter knows she's worth far more than her looks. It seems like the only thing girls are supposed to aspire to is the attention of boys.
Because, too many times, the traits and qualities and strengths and gifts that actually DO matter in life aren't given a second look if the package a girl comes in isn't "up to par." (see Dustin Hoffman's quote at the bottom)
And if the package IS "up to par," people assume that's all she's got going for her and further objectify her—like she can only be either "brainy" OR "beautiful." Evidently, the two can't coexist.
You're either Velma, or you're Daphne.
Tell 'em, LC.
On that note, I'm gonna let my "girl power" flag fly. :)
I feel like "FEMINISM" can be really polarizing because of how it's perceived—it kind of has a bad reputation these days because the word itself is very pro-women, and paradoxically, implies an "anti-men" vibe.
Such is not the case.
And it's a crying shame that a lot of people are hesitant to identify as "feminist" because it sounds anti-men; I think it's incredibly damaging and demoralizing when people (women, especially) deny being feminist.
It's like (and yes, I'm about to hit you with the age-old eye color analogy) if society would believe that blue-eyed people aren't as worthy or capable as brown- and green-eyed people. And then a blue-eyed person agrees. *cue eye roll emoji*
Just in case there is any confusion, though, feminists are pro-women AND pro-men, not pro-women IN LIEU OF men.
FEMINISM: the social, political, and economic EQUALITY of the sexes—not the superiority of either over the other.
I wish they'd just call it "humanism" instead of "feminism." That'd sound more accurate to me.
At the end of the day, I just love PEOPLE who build up other PEOPLE.
Also, this all might seem a little misplaced here on a makeup blog—I admit I love a lot of traditionally assumed "girly" things—whether that's a product of nature or nurture, that's part of who I am. But contrary to what's often depicted in pop culture, being interested in "girly" things doesn't negate your brain, or your abilities, or your intelligence—they CAN, in fact, coexist. :)
And conveniently, this makeup blog also kind of doubles as a sweet little platform where 99% of my audience is female, so that just makes this subject matter more topical and relevant, I think. :)
PS I apologize if this post sounds preachy; I know that can be rather off-putting, so I'm going to give you an escape route in case it gets too Judy Bloom.
Bottom line: I just hope you don't take it when told you're less capable or less worthy of success, love, respect, or opportunities than a man—and I sure as hell hope you don't ever believe it.
Anyway, let me do a "girly" swan dive off my soapbox here and present you your daily dose of "Go get 'em, tiger."
And this is actually a bit of a slam #NoDisrespectClooney , but I found it kind of hilarious.
Lastly, I also think it's really important for men to get on board with feminism (read: HUMANISM) since much of our pigeon-hole-ing can be attributed to the roles and expectations of a patriarchal society.
So here are some stand-up gentlemen voicing their thoughts and just generally being heroes (kind of sad that "seeing women as equals" constitutes heroism, but still . . . we appreciate ya, bro). Y'all are diamonds in the rough. :)
Round of applause for these gentlemen.
Such a breath of fresh air to hear people encouraging people.
"I think my uterus just skipped a beat."
This post got way longer than I intended it to be, but I hope you're feeling juiced up and ready to take on the world.