We have been in quite a few meetings, and now my coworkers and I are back in full…well sort of. I already took Friday off for a thing I could not cancel and apparently missed a bit of drama. I am calling it luck as I never do that so early. Still all is well over there that is good. As to said drama from what I gather handled well too, so good for the new boss.
Anyway, before that nonsense my coworkers and I caught up with one another–talked about travels, explained tans, in my case sported a rather indulgent pedicure experience prior to the start of the year…
My friend Shelly and I discussed all the girly things women do for beauty…some of us going to more extremes than others. Then for whatever the reason we turned our attention on men and what is considered their area of beautification. Then it just became one of those academic gender, society, and beauty sort of discussions.
With the advent of the metro sexuals, and now gender flexibility (some do not identify as any gender at all, that is a thing) what truly is “man only” or “woman only” beauty regimes? Do they even exist?
First, the manis and the pedis. And our conclusion–not gender specific. Pedicures are not only for ladies. For example, I saw a manly guy getting one alongside his girlfriend when I was out getting my tootsies of cuteness done. I see nothing wrong with this, as a guy with well tended feet is attractive. Same goes with manicures. Well cared for hands are nice on guys. So hand and footcare are for both genders, no biggie.
Makeup? Well, I would say that is not necessarily gender specific either per se (there may always be exceptions I guess). Also, one must consider the whole wearing or not wearing it. Which is the trend? Here it gets squiffy.
For wearing it, well, actors wear makeup all the time and I find many ruggedly handsome still despite the little bit of eyeliner (granted I am intently looking at them on screen and yes, I see that bit of eyeliner, whatever, still attractive and I do not think less of them at all). Foundation? Not a big deal. Now we could quantify the amount of makeup, or boldness could be gender specific, but for argument’s sake, theatre leads me to be lenient in labeling makeup as gender specific beauty routines.
Here also came up the whole some ladies do not wear makeup or cannot (allergies for us all vary, lord knows it took me forever to find eyeshadow my allergies were okay with). Does that make one a tomboy? Or as I see it, just natural beauty sans makeup. Nothing wrong with that either. Makeup, with or without, no gender bias (though we found men are more likely to go without makeup, not a biggie but may be a gender line…ish?).
So, we then we went on to beards. That may be society’s last hold out for gender bias and beauty regime. At this time, it is not considered feminine beauty to sport facial hair. Here we may have found the only bastion of division based on biology. Females generally cannot grow mustaches or beards…
Yet, there are those who as we age, or just the way Nature dealt cards, do have a bit of facial hair more than the average girl. Hair dying, threading, waxing, plucking, ladies go to extreme and painful lengths at times to rid themselves of facial hair.
Which then led me to wonder. Much as mani and pedis are no longer girls only, and makeup is slowly becoming less girl only…will this ever be a thing? Could ladies one day be judged as more attractive if they too sported a goatee?
I find it highly unlikely, but you never know what the next thing may be. After all in the middle ages women shaved their hair back, way back, just to have a high forehead. It was “in”. I do not see facial hair on women as a desired thing, but in a 100 years you never know.
After all for a brief time their was the Merman beard link (dying your beard green, I put in the link so you would not think I am high or something, this was a trend) and an even briefer flowers in the beard…didn’t something like that happen in the 1700’s but it was like large wigs with all out birdcages in some of them?
What we do for fashion’s sake, both men and women…sometimes I think we all deserve an award or some recognition for surviving an era of fashion. Like, congratulations you made it through the 90’s plaid phase without becoming a lumberjack, or being too down, or questioning your heritage. Well done, you.