WOW haha...that's seriously almost EXACTLY how I think! Yay for not being truly girls! I agree it's the most satifying post ever haha
Hahaha, good job Amanda, it's a hilarious post and I agree with a bunch of it. :D I think that well done make-up (As in, not one that covers you up, but one that emphasizes you) can be good in some situations, but not ALL THE TIME AND EVERYWHERE, there's just no way that's happening in my life!
Arm hair thankfully isn't a big deal in Finland because we need long-sleeved shirts for most of the year. I don't think I'd do a darn thing to it anyway even if we had to always go sleeveless. :p
Also, my boyfriend pays more attention to his fingernails than I do to mine. I have mixed feelings about that because that's not the only way that he seems to be girlier than I am. Oh my.
I'm sucha girly-girl. I don't want to be attacked for this, so please don't, but I like being girly because it makes me feel good about myself, I like being attractive in the eyes of society and to myself. And I know that prolly makes me plastic, but I like it. I get a weird kick out of using my looks to get what I want. And I know I bitch and moan a lot in my entries about how ugly I am, but in perspective I'm not all that bad ha. And idk, it's nice having a little routine to be pretty. I read this book and it said girls are either pretty or smart, but honestly does it have to be like that. Oy. Anyways, tangent. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to be cliche, and with me,I think I look better all done up and yah know girlified, like I have horrid skin and need make-up, and yeah whatever thats just society blah blah, but I feel better with it on. Anyways kudos for being outside of that.
This comment was wayy wayy too long. Happy Thanksgiving!
Couple o' points...
Beware: You are looking at an advertisement, not reality. These things are what advertisers want us to think defines femininity - some people buy it, some people don't. I'm one of the ones that don't. There are a ton of things that make up the female psyche - just because you don't enjoy these things doesn't make you non-feminine.
Secondly, packs of girls can seem ridiculously ditzy. Don't be fooled. I was in a pack of girls in high school, and although some of our conversations may have seemed similarly bizarre and ditzy, we were some of the brightest and highest graded students in the school. Most of the girls in said group were spectacularly intelligent, they just hid it to fit in. I often found myself hiding my intelligence in high school - if I sounded too smart people would think I was purposely trying to make them look stupid and would start yelling at me.
But I applaud you for your steadfast resistance to what is culturally acceptable for women. I love that you are a trailblazer!
Regarding the gift ideas section, you have to realise that they are trying to provide "helpful" suggestions for literally everyone in the world. And one thing that tends to slip by the wayside these days when suggestions in any variety are made is that one size does not fit all, so to speak.
I have not spoken with her for some time, but I know a woman from Manchester, England (she sounds very much like Daphne from Frasier), so you can imagine her falling for some of the most unnecessary luxury crap. Thing is, if someone had removed your name tags from this entry and told me she had written it, I might actually believe them. I guess what I am trying to say here is that you are not the only one with thoughts along these lines. Speaking as someone facing down a diagnosis of hypothyroidism that is probably the result of near twenty years of diabetes, by the way, visiting one's hormones is an incredibly difficult thing. You are never truly aware of what they actually do until the glands or cells that produce them stop doing their job. How do you visit something that is not really there?
You also have to understand that while homo sapien may appear more evolved than other primates, or the animals they keep for company in some cases, there are numerous areas in which they are not. The herd mentality is a good example of this. It is so rare for a human being to think outside of its immediate surrounding herd that in spite of the fact that every inch of progress homo sapien has made for the past ten thousand years can be credited to such individuals, they still generally face a lifetime of difficulty and isolation. Put simply, humanity is still wearing the imprints of "lesser" creatures, and the people you speak of are the worst example thereof.
You had the right idea at the get-go by not shaving the legs. Shaving anything does two things. First, the hair removed comes back, and more rapidly. Second, it comes back in a more coarse, more widespread version of before. Its a little-known fact even among men, but the Dwarrow of fantasy lore would actually have very smooth, soft, silky beards rather than the sandpaper modern males treat as expectation. The hairs on one's arms also serve a combat purpose: biting creatures tend to spit out hairy things (this is why men grow beards to begin with).
If you think you find people's reactions irritating, have a think about how I feel with the post-op scar that sits like a question mark where much of my right cheek used to be. *snorts*
And thus, you have hit upon the whole reason people are made different in the first place. A species that perceives everything the same way, does everything the same way, and responds to everything the same way, cannot survive. This has been confirmed in clinical tests (mostly with virii) as well as in the wild. *nods*
Anyway, I hope this is sufficient response for you. I just really said the first few things that came to mind.