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My personal views on the Neo-Estrogen People [Nov. 23rd, 2006|02:59 pm]
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(This is the funniest and most satisfying entry in the history of time, and no one shall dispute that :P)

Ari and I were looking at a catalog this morning and I was laughing about how stereotypically guy-ish the "Gifts for Him" section was. There were some really cool things in there though, despite the heavy masculine vibes that virtually wafted from the page.
But then I turned to the "Gifts for Her" section. What did I find? Everything on there was bathroom, makeup, and/or jewelry stuff, and frankly...it wasn't just stereotypical, it was freaking boring.
This adds to my much-compiled thoughts that I am really not a girl. It's like...what's so exciting about hanging out in the bathroom with all the other girls and making yourself look as synthetic as possible? What's so fun about going out on the town with your friends and getting your nails done, removing all your body hair, piling on makeup, using curling irons to burn your once-thriving hair into flat submission, and talking about whose friend's cousin said what to whom about whose fiancee...followed by buying a new pair of shoes to add to the fifty others sitting at home that you never wear??
I just don't see the intrigue of such things. I don't understand why so many women consider it to be integral to "get down to one's girly roots" or to "visit one's estrogen" (yes I made those up. Aren't I so clever?).

I would always watch the crowds of gossiping girls travel back and forth at my old middle school, almost orbiting off one another...if one of them had to use the restroom they all went with her to the overly-worshipped "Shrine of Makeup" (ie, the mirror). My male friends would wonder why they always travelled in packs. I'd reply that they're a species in which each individual lacks the mental capacity needed to function outside of that collective consciousness and to beware, because they also hunted in packs.

I mean...I never wear makeup. Ever. The nails I have are mine. The longest I ever spend in a bathroom is the time it takes to shower, dress, and get out. I wash and comb my hair and occasionally put it back...that's all I do with it, and I still love it. About the only "girly" thing I like is dressing in pretty clothes. I didn't shave my legs until a couple years ago when they started to chafe me, and now I only do so every couple weeks at most. I've never plucked or "shaped" my eyebrows. I like them...they kinda give me character. If anything I wish they were even bushier because Mama's look so good like that. Thin, curved, carefully shaped lines, like a cartoon character's, just don't do the same thing somehow.

I've had so many girls look at me and ask, "it that hair on your arms?!". To which I simply reply, "yes, and what the hell happened to yours?". Money, time, pain and effort is unceasingly spent by members of my sex, seemingly to mask the deepest, darkest secret that ANYONE could ever possibly possess...I can just see it now. A girl going into a confessional and whispering to a priest, "I've never had the courage to tell anyone this but... *frightened pause* ...I have hair!". At least that's how it seems to be handled in this day and age, eh?

Do you know what Ari said to me at his Prom? "You're the only girl here who didn't get her hair or her nails done, and the only one who isn't wearing makeup. And I LOVE YOU for it!!" That was the best compliment he could have ever given me then, as far as I'm concerned.

Just some food for thought. I need not say more because I'm sure you get the point. Maybe this is why me and most girls never seem to mix.
Opinions on this post? Questions? Comments? Let's get a good ol' debate going, shall we?
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[User Picture]From: glacier_kitty
2006-11-23 09:36 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: pieni
2006-11-23 11:15 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: pseudolollipop
2006-11-24 05:37 am (UTC)
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!
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From: ex_la_foret689
2006-11-24 08:09 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: king_gravewater
2006-11-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
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.
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