Winter. Time to eat fat
the whole idea of makeup being this revolutionary feminist thing falls apart as soon as u remember that makeup is exclusively marketed towards women because we’re supposed to hate the way we look without it
The whole thing is just…
I’ve always had a serious problem with the arguments that make-up is a form of empowerment/art made for and by the women around me for all of the reasons discussed above. I often find myself attaching a huge amount of emotional significance to whether or not I wear make-up: the more situational pressure there is to wear it, the more important it is for me to rebel and even express a personal style that is more masculine than what’s expected in hopes of drawing criticism I can lash out at because the only way I can tolerate engaging with this mindset is with antagonism. Once, driving to a club to meet my friends, I pulled over to smear the lipstick off my lips in a desperate moment of self-reflection.
I’m currently reading “Hope In a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture” by Kathy Peiss and I highly recommend it. It’s readable and very well grounded and gives you a cursory overview of the history of make-up in America. It begins with a discussion of how there was a distinction between paints and cosmetics (cosmetics being the more socially acceptable lotions, cleansers, and skin rejuvenators) and paints being mostly lead-based colored unguents to whiten skin. In the 1800s cosmetics were used by women in secrecy, passed on from generation to generation tucked between the pages of recipe books and labelled as “home remedies”. Eventually apothecaries started carrying (in addition to the basic ingredients used in home-made recipes like ambergrise) commercially made cosmetics and paints that promised to reinvigorate youth.
An important point Kathy Peiss makes early on, and one I’d like to digress to now, is that it wasn’t men who were encouraging women to use cosmetics. The dynamic is much more complex than that. In fact the most successful entrepreneurs in the burgeoning cosmetic business were immigrant, working-class, and/or black women. There was Madam C. J. Walker, often cited as the first self-made female millionaire in America and Annie Turnbo Malone, both of whom were black women making millions in the cosmetic industry in the 1920s.
The culture around make-up perpetrated by the patriarchy was one of disapproval. Kathy Peiss cites one case in the late 1800s of a woman who went to the hospital with paralyzed hands after using Laird’s Bloom of Youth as part of her daily regimen. After denying ever using beauty products she was sent home only to die a few days later of lead-poisoning. The most important thing about this case is that her doctor was mortified and published in a medical journal blaming women’s vanity for her death. Think about that.
The root of this cultural attitude is this: women’s worth is based solely on their appearance (even hack science like phrenology at the time would characterize men in diverse ranges of characterization, occupation, personality, and aptitude while women could only be characterized as beautiful or virtuous). And the emphasis was most suredly on virtue from within. This ties into another feminist theory which, as I vaguely recall, states that the attitude is that men are defined by experience while experience can only harm what a woman is. What defines a woman, according to our sexist, patriarchal society must be her essence, her natural state. What defines a man is his experience, his choices. Scars can be becoming on a man, grey hair can define maturity, but on a woman these things only mar her. So women must hide their make-up recipes. They must look beautiful because their beauty is a symbol of their inner virtue and worth. Without it they are worthless but if anyone suspects it is not her natural state she is also worthless and now also a liar. If women are seen to try to mask their ugliness then they are trying to lie to you about their lack of worth. So men discouraged beauty products and even today we have these attitudes. Women who are seen to be trying too hard (Miley Cyrus) are mocked until they die. It is women who seamlessly fit in, who wear but a tiny bit of make-up to enhance their natural gifts, who glide at ease in the sphere they are restricted to that our society has use for, and the women who don’t fit in the sphere and don’t try to fit in the sphere are angry feminazis, spiteful and jealous hags. Things have obviously progressed since the 1800s but its so striking how this attitude lies at the root of gender inequality today.
Hello. So Glad You Could Come.
I know I’m new to posting gifs on tumblr, but this site has some serious issues with it. I had to shrink and re-color this image to get it to upload, even though it uploaded fine during a test run yesterday. I don’t understand.
Original image: Yashica FR1, Kodak Elite Chrome 400
Bro of mine does some fine photog.
I have been wanting to assemble a huge post of some of the amazing women artists out there, because it seems like too often they get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there, they are all amazing, and they all need more visibility and recognition. I encourage you to browse through and visit their websites, and please reblog and add more artists to the list! I know this is NOWHERE near comprehensive and that are tons more artists out there.
This list mostly covers mostly professional illustrators and scifi/fantasy artists. I know I’m missing out on a ton of talented people in comics, animation, fine art, and people who do primarily fan work, but I don’t know quite as much about those areas so they aren’t as well represented here; my apologies.
(The tags got cut off; I guess there’s a limit now? As such I wasn’t able to tag every single artist included.)
EDIT: Added more artists!
Click the “read more” to check out the art! Warning: This list is HUGE, and very image intensive!
This is my first official tutorial on this blog! Rather than show you a step-by-step on how a final image is made, I’ll share tricks that I’ve learned along the way.
First, import through a scanner a mark/texture/drawing of your choice into Photoshop. You can also use the quick one I made…