About a month ago, I wrote a post about my annoyance with stereotypes, specifically the one that claims only dumb people like makeup. A few people expressed similar frustrations, so I decided I would share additional thoughts on the subject.
I think the most frustrating aspect of this “stupid people wear makeup” philosophy is that it portrays people, particularly women, as one-dimensional. It appropriates the idea that females can be identified by a singular adjective. A woman can be pretty. A woman can be fashionable. A woman can be smart. However, this stereotype doesn’t allow for characteristics to be mixed. If a woman is pretty, she is vapid. If a woman is fashionable, she is materialistic. There is absolutely no middle ground.
However, we know this isn’t true. Women can be intelligent and stylish and interesting and brave. They do not have to be one thing or another. There is no factor that determines whether someone is smart or pretty. These traits aren’t mutually exclusive.
Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by these absurd conventions. The person you are cannot be defined by a model. Your personality is reflective of a variety of characteristics. One does not dictate the others.
As always, thank you for reading.