Journal Entry 2.28.11


–As I watched the Oscars last night, I was watching all the beauties in their fine regalia, makeup flawless, toned bodies jiggle-free – and I was wondering if this was an image thrust upon us ladies (and gents) to make us feel bad – or meet the (almost) impossible dream of perfection.

Hollywood not withstanding, living in a world where beauty is put on a pedestal and there is stiff competition to always be at the top of your game – 5 day a week gym workouts, strict diets, plastic surgery, brand name clothing, makeup, hair styles – etc., makes me wonder…

Who is all this grooming for, actually? Do we do it for men? Women? Ourselves? Society? Do we do it to get better jobs? Better husbands/wives? Prettier children (not unless you have good DNA will any lipstick from Mac help…)?

Beauty and grooming has certainly been around since the beginning of time, perpetuated by society, dictated by fashion trends and made socially acceptable within certain socio-economic groups as to the proper lengths one will go to ‘beautify’.

Posed the question on the Joy Rose show a few weeks ago whether ‘Feminists wore makeup’…and while it was a joke, it did get me to thinking about self-image and how much time and money we women spend on makeup, hair, clothes, diet food/supplements and gym memberships – and for what? Hopefully it’s for health, self-confidence and positive self-image reasons – not for peer pressure, perfection or pleasing other people’s ideal of what you should (or shouldn’t) be.

So, that’s my question this week on self-image – What image are we presenting to the world when we wear makeup? See my podcast this week and way in on the issue – would love to hear you sound off on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress (comments below) and YouTube (send me a video response! let me see you put on your makeup!)

Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and that beholder is your own.

About Jodi Nelson

I am a filmmaker launching a new film project entitled 'Single Girl in a Feminist World: What Does A 21st Century Feminist Look Like?' By engaging a global audience of online participants, I will be asking virtual strangers to join in my quest to answer the question, “What does a 21st Century Feminist Look Like?” Utilizing social networks, crowd funding initiatives, web blogs, viral video, second life, flash mobs, virtual chat interaction and traditional modes of documentary practice, I will create a documentary film that exemplifies feminism in its profoundly new image.
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