If you don’t live in the same feminism-full corner I live in, you might not know that the latest Covergirl has been announced. Why do I care, you ask? Because it’s not actually a girl. Instead, it’s a boy who loves to do make-up.
Unsurprisingly, the internet has gone a little bit insane over this. Some people are incredibly excited, other people are a bit disgusted. This is the first time something like this has ever been done, so it’s a really huge deal.
I think gender roles are really outdated, and it’s incredibly important we start moving away from them. If a boy wants to wear make up, that’s fantastic, good on them! And if they don’t, also cool. You should be able to make your own decision on what you want to wear, no matter what your gender is. It’s going to be a loooong, slow process, but I think we’ll get there eventually. It’s amazing that we live in a world where this boy can do this, and get only some hate. Ideally, he’d get none, but hey, it’s still good that he’s getting some support!
I think part of the problem, for some people, is that it’s Cover GIRL. Initially, this was my tiny problem as well. Doesn’t that mean it’s a magazine targeted to women? And there’s nothing wrong with a magazine for women (as long as we’re doing equal things for men). After about five seconds of research, though, I found out that this magazine is just to do with make-up. When it was created, that was a girls-only thing, so they targeted it towards women. Now, we’re getting to a point where you can have make-up for either gender, and that’s something this brand wants to celebrate. He does do a lot of his own make-up, and he’s super excited to be part of this, so it isn’t a money ploy. It’s just this brand being able to move on far more than some bigoted people are.
The other part of the problem is that people are so stuck in their ideas of what a man and a woman should be (and no, no other gender exists to these people). Women are there to be pretty, men are there to be tough, and it’s clear where make up fits. Why would a guy want to wear make up? Is he GAY?!? Actually, no, he’s just pretty, and wants to feel prettier. He wants to wear make up for the same reason girls want to, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Personally, I never wear make up, because I don’t like the idea of putting that much effort it to impress someone else, and I think that choice is just as valid.
Feminism (if it’s done the right way) is about choosing who you want to be, and how you want to present yourself. And yes, that means boys can wear make up, and girls don’t have to. I think what this guy is doing is absolutely amazing, and it makes me so happy to see that as a society we’re making some steps in the right direction.