One evening while on the phone with my older sister about fourteen years ago when I was 10-years-old, we stumbled into the topic of feminism.
“Well, what is a feminist?” I asked.
“A feminist is someone who believes men and women should have equal rights,” she informed me. I immediately adopted the title and never looked back.
It’s time to examine the connection between my two selves: A Champion of Equality Who Also Loves Makeup.
Earlier this week, I read No Man’s Land on The Citizen Rosebud. She questioned why there aren’t more bloggers examining fashion through a feminist lens. I felt compelled to begin to answer this question as someone.
As a teenager, I was a tough girl who read Sylvia Plath and listened to Ani DiFranco. A girl who spoke out at Catholic school about a woman’s right to choose and the importance of being a vegetarian. I still am that, but my interests have expanded from being a label to influencing true social change. Over a year ago, I fell in love with makeup after my friend applied brown liner to my lids. I felt confident and creative. A deeply creative person, I see makeup as another way to express myself.
Being a beauty blogger doesn’t make me any less of a feminist.
Feminism is constantly evolving to include a diverse range of social justice issues such as racial tensions, access to higher education and raising the minimum wage. These are all issues we deal with not only as women but as a society. To me, feminism always has been about equality in all facets of life, not what’s just in a fashion magazine.
Social Justice and Beauty
The following is a list of articles I’ve written that tackle critical issues related to beauty.
- They put WHAT! in your lipstick?!
- Lipstick’s Ugly Side
- Is Mineral Makeup Safe?
- How to Buy Makeup that Reflects Your Ethics, Logic and Pocketbook
- The Truth About “Organic” Cosmetics
- My Animal Testing Hypocrisy
- My Vegan Secret
- Drum Major for Justice
So tell me, are you a feminist?