Pre-teen girls and makeup; There is just no escaping it, is there?
Update July, 2020
Much has changed in our culture since I originally wrote this post. I'm not sure it is even relevant anymore, but I will keep it here, just for old times sake.
What's appropriate in terms of makeup choices for tweens today?
I recently posted an article on Facebook on the topic of teaching young girls to use only safe cosmetics to protect their health and fertility.
This is a topic that I notice gets a lot of attention, and rightly so. This in itself is a post for another day, but today I want to talk about one of the comments I received about the post link, that set me to thinking.
"Teach them not to wear makeup at all."
The commenter stated that instead of teaching young girls to wear healthy makeup, we should be teaching them not to wear makeup at all.
The major point here being to teach our young women of today that they are more than just a pretty face and they don't need makeup to be accepted and loved.
How true! I concur! Girls and woman over all, do not need to wear makeup.
What we need to know is that we are beautiful and perfect with or without our tube of lipstick.
In a perfect world, women who did not want to wear makeup would still feel beautiful and powerful.
Men, who liked to wear what we now consider 'feminine' colors and bling would still feel masculine and strong.
When makeup becomes a crutch and we can not go out of the house without it, that is when it becomes unhealthy for our social and emotional well being.
Can you go out of the house without your mascara?
Likewise, boys are told by our culture that they cannot wear, nor even like pink, or purple, or sparkles..heaven forbid!
Yet, I have known many young boys who loved all of those.
I have known boys who loved wearing pink lipstick, glitter nail polish, dresses! (Your secrets are safe with me, my darlings)
Is this any better than telling our girls they should not play with makeup?
Both genders like it; it is just plain fun and frivolous.
When our kids were little, didn't we give them something similar, in the form of play doh, paint and glitter?