Beauty Constructs Archives

Welcome to the Dollhouse: Men and Beauty Products

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Back when pretty much the only men wearing makeup were either rock lords or Boy George, I privately came up with the guideline that if any particular piece of grooming was something women generally performed while men generally didn’t, I could safely consider it “beauty work.” Nail polish and leg-shaving? Beauty work. Nail-trimming and hair-combing? Grooming. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a useful guide in helping me determine what parts of my morning routine I might want to examine with a particularly feminist—and mascaraed—eye.

Living With Contradiction: Beauty Work and Feminism

From: discoverfeminism.com |

When I read Emily Hauser’s critical, searching post last week about beauty work she does that she feels is antifeminist, I got all jazz-hands—even more so after reading everyone’s comments and seeing the complexity therein. Since my focus at The Beheld (the blog that brought me to Feministe’s attention) is examining beauty work from a feminist perspective, I couldn’t resist a comment here of my own. Pit-shaving and the patriarchy? Bring it!

To Wax or Not to Wax?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Call it willful blindness, but I hadn’t seen this 2007 article from the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal (Oxford University).  Here is an excerpt from Severe Complications of a ‘Brazilian’ Bikini Wax:

The Naked Clam and Other Preposterous Pubic Hair Problems

From: discoverfeminism.com |

By Quinn Davis Vaginas and vulvas are confusing enough without pubes. Even though we’ve all got them, we end up feeling like we have way more hair down there than we should. It’s easy to see why; in magazines, on MTV, and pretty much everywhere else in the world where it’s PC to show the

Open letter to the fashion industry, or: “Nude” – not actually a color.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I’ve been meaning to write ever since that big wedding that took place in London this past spring, and then as various bits and bobs of fashion flotsam and jetsam have wandered across my heat-blurred summer vision, but, well, events overcame me. Life, and your whatnot. But finally, here we are, tete-a-tete. Did you miss me, Fashion Industry? I hope so!

100 Days Without Mirrors

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Editor’s Note: On those days when you look in the mirror and all you see is ugly, avoiding your own reflection can be an effective on-the-spot strategy in breaking the cycle of negative self-talk. But what might be the consequences of giving up mirrors for an extended period of time? Could it trigger a more

Why I Don’t Wear Makeup

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I’m 17 years old, a rising senior in high school, and I am unusual among a lot of my friends for this one reason: I don’t wear makeup. That’s not to say I have never worn makeup, because I have, on occasion. I’ve worn it for two of the four high school dances I’ve attended, for the occasional band concert or dress-up day, and for the school musicals (although then it was stage makeup, a completely different matter). I have never worn makeup for a school picture. Why? It’s not like I’m heart-stoppingly gorgeous or anything. I am an average looking girl, but I’m comfortable with that.

Zappos.com, Now Selling Naked Ladies?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Sexualizing women in skimpy clothes is a typical clothing advertising ploy, but Zappos.com’s new ad campaign is drawing fire for zooming straight ahead and skipping the skimpy clothes.

Beauty and Health Happen on a Wider Spectrum than We Think: Thoughts on Codie Young

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The modeling world this week was abuzz this week with the story of Codie Young, the Australian teen model who was pulled from the British “Topshop” advertising campaign after complaints that she was too skinny. Newspapers and magazines and pundits debated: was Codie anorexic? Some commenters complained that she was a grossly unhealthy size zero, while Topshop insisted that she was a healthy size eight. (All of this got extra confusing because of the difference between European and American sizes.)

Michael Irvin poses shirtless for equality in Out Magazine

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Michael Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, has posed for the cover of Out Magazine to show his support for equality. In the feature interview, he addresses equality, women, football, masculinity, and religion.

Rogers Cup: “Come For the Ladies, Stay for the Legends”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

First, Wimbledon gives away free tickets to people who vote on the “best-looking player.” Now Tennis Canada, which organizes the annual Rogers Cup, offers us this gem:

Topshop Criticized for Using “Too Thin” Model Yanks Image from Website

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Topshop recently pulled an image of 18-year-old model Codie Young (above) from its website’s landing page after the Daily Mail and anti-eating disorder groups blasted the British fashion retailer this weekend for featuring a “painfully thin size-zero model…with a gaunt face…wearing tiny clothes that hang off her skeletal frame.” Helen Davies of Beat, a UK-based eating disorder charity, called images of models looking allegedly unhealthily thin “damaging” and told the Mail: “For girls to see pictures of models who are this thin suggests that it’s OK to be like that but it’s clearly not…It’s a constant battle against eating disorders and Topshop is not helping matters.”

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