Stereotyping. A topic I could rant for weeks about. Stereotyping in our society is everywhere. It is in the way a girl wears a dress and a boy wears trousers. It is in the way people imitate those from foreign countries. It is in the way Donald Trump genralises all Muslims to be a threat. And it is in the way a girl who wears makeup is instantly assumed to be insecure and unconfident. Stereotypes come in many forms. And we all like to assume we don’t live by stereotypes. But we all technically do. Because there is a stereotype for everyone and everything. It is just unfortunate that people don’t think twice about the impact of what they are saying when they use them.
Now I woke up this morning. And I went on my phone. That is normal. I went on youtube. That is normal. And I saw a certain video in my suggested videos feed. And me being me, clicked on it. I watched the whole video through and realised I had seen it before. And i remebered the previous impact the video has had on me in my distant past. The video was all about what boys look for in girls. The boys in the video listed many a thing that they found ‘attractive’. And I was very surprised they were using their platform, to perform such a cruel act of genralising a girl’s beauty.
I then went on to watch a few more by other youtubers. And they all said the same sort of thing. And I am not hating on them, it was their own personal opinion and I would never want anybody to not express their own opinion. The thing that pissed me off was that they were blantantly stereotyping. One of the most popular saying from boys or girls we hear in our modern society is ‘girls are more attractive without makeup’. Fine. Ok. Your opinion. What angered me was that they were using the modern stereotype of girls that wear makeup. And they were not just using it. Sadly, they were living by it.
You see, generally when a girl wears makeup. And they are looked at in the street. People will instantly assume many a thing. These things being that the girl is insecure and uses makeup to hide her true personality, this girl or boy is fake and possibly slutty. This girl or boy is a attention seeker. This girl or boy is popular and nasty. But it is just a STEREOTYPE. So why do people live by it like it is hand crafted normality.
Now I like to wear makeup, not too much. I generally steer more to the natural route. But i do like to get glammed up, I do appreciate that makeup is a form of art. And not many people do. But I have learnt that when it comes down to makeup. When you do not wear any you are considered a tomboy, or somebody who puts in no effort. And when you do wear makeup you are considered insecure. So I have learnt, that when it comes to my face. I will do whatever the hell I want. And if you stereotype me becuase of that, then you are the one missing out, becuase you are the one living by a visious stereotype, that is limiting not only the way you think, but the whole of the way you live.
You see some of the strongest girls I have ever met. Some of the most beautiful and wonderful women and men I have ever met. Wear makeup. They will spend hours perfecting every brush stroke and every pencil line. Yet they are nothing like society’s ‘insecure’.
As humans every single one of us is strong. Every single one of us is unique and beautiful. And i say it so many times, but no matter how much i repeat it it will never quite sink in. Because in our modern society we still have people who live by these stereotypes, and they do not even know it. Your strength, your courage, your beauty, your effort, your determination. They are all yours. And none of them should be judged by how much makeup you put on your face. None of them.
To me, makeup is a form of art. It is a way we can express our personalities. It does not matter what gender, or race you are. It does not matter if you hate it or love it. Becuase we are all human. And not one person, ever, deserves their beauty and their power as a person. To be judged by a stereotype.
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