So I have been jobless for two months now, which has given me plenty to reflect on.
Such as, my hair.
I stopped shaving when quarantine hit in mid March because we were working from home, but after a month of not shaving I started questioning why I even do it.
Is it for me or for them?
I have been shaving since I was in middle school, like most girls in my class, I just did what everyone else did. But now when I think about it, I was just a kid when I was told hair is ugly on women.
But what enraged me more than that, was when I researched the origin of women shaving in the United States I found it started because of Gillette’s advertisements. They saw an untouched market and pounced at the idea of having a bigger market share. And I understand this is the essence of capitalism and profit and all that, but does that justify the means?
Now I am called a hippy if I decide to stop shaving.
But what I really am is normal and natural and being myself.
And you are god damn right, I am triggered by this topic.
I believe it is justified to get enraged when my insecurities are being exploited for profit.
I truly hate these fucking advertisements that tell me I have a problem when in reality there is no problem. They are simply creating a problem in order to sell me their solution.
It is that simple, yet we fall for the bait every time.
We love our insecurities being validated. I don’t know why. I assume because it feels good to have someone tell us our hate for ourselves is legitimate.
It almost makes us feel justified for the daily inner loathing.
But what if we advertised differently?
What if we advertised honestly?
What if we encouraged people to be vulnerable and feel safe in their skin?
Wouldn’t that be better for humanity?
Don’t we want humanity to evolve positively?
The only way I see us evolving is if we stop falling for the corporate bait that tells us “we are not enough”.
Because that is what they are actually selling us.
And it is fucking bullshit.
(Link to article about Gillette) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_removal_of_leg_and_underarm_hair_in_the_United_States