The No-Makeup Experiment

What quitting makeup taught me about femininity, people pleasing, and beauty

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Here is one way of hating women while claiming that you want to empower them: to hate and distrust what is coded as feminine.

I’d thought it was about the makeup, but without the makeup, the underlying goal stayed the same: to be acceptable, to be liked.

It can feel quietly revolutionary to stop wearing makeup after a decade of feeling you have to in order to be seen as an acceptable human being.

Trying to write true things and eat lots of vegetables. www.janetfrishberg.com

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