anybody catches me, they'll know my secret
and think I'm a fake. I put the mascara wand
down. I don't want people to think I'm shallow.
Can I wear makeup and still be a feminist?
it's funny that I used to be so uptight about
being "girly." I
don't think I'm the only one who's had this
dilemma. What about you? When you were little,
you probably experimented with lipstick or
eye shadow. You probably didn't think it
was a big deal to smear pretty colors on
your face. But as you get older, you learn
that some girls and women reject wearing
makeup as a way to reject the pressure of
looking a certain way. So it's really common
for girls to have mixed feelings about makeup.
I know I've gone through different stages
in how I feel about it. You're not alone.
Make Up Your Mind
girls feel guilty about wanting to wear makeup.
That's how I felt. I believe that all women
should be treated equally, no matter what
they look like. So I kept my curiosity about
makeup a secret, afraid to betray my beliefs
about equality. Well, there's a new secret,
and this is one you can tell everyone-you
CAN wear makeup and be a feminist. You can
still stand up for your rights and demand
to be treated equally, no matter what you're
wearing on your face. Wearing makeup doesn't
mean you're weak or brainwashed-it just means
you're experimenting with new ways to express
yourself. If you think it's fun, you should
feel free to enjoy it, just like you enjoy
other interests you have.
But it's important to realize that you're still
beautiful without makeup. Do you ever look
at pictures of yourself when you were little?
You didn't wear makeup then, but people still
liked you for reasons that had nothing to do
with your looks. Everyone has unique features-you
can highlight your features with makeup if
you want to, but makeup doesn't "make
Made Up and Nothing to Do
you might feel like you have to look a certain
way to be accepted. But then you can't play
too hard, because you might ruin your makeup.
It's really not necessary to wear makeup
all the time. Remember that you're still
a girl, and you have the rest of your life
to wear makeup if you want to. If you wear
makeup, it should be for fun-not because
you're afraid people won't accept what you
look like without it.
you feel pressured to wear makeup but you're
really not interested, then don't! It's good
to keep your face free of chemicals. You
don't have to wear makeup until you feel
ready-or you don't ever have to wear it at
Experiment with different ways to express yourself.
It's OK if you wear makeup, and it's OK if
you don't. What really matters is what you
keep in your heart, not what you wear on your
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