Are Women Addicted to Beauty?

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  1. I can only speak for myelf but i have to admit that i am absolutely obsessed with my beauty, though i`d say that i dont consciously think about it all day long. i do only feel convident leaving the house when i feel pretty which doesnt require a lot of makeup. it is some kind of hard to explain but i want to smell good, have glowing skin, shiny hair, my nails done my makeup done my clothing (which i am also obsessed about) thought-out….but at the same time it is supposed to look effortless. i spen so much time with skin care but it makes me feel good, like ive done the most of myself and my beauty. OK whatever haha :)

  2. Dude, listen to yourself:

    “Only men, good men can change this.” That line leaves me speechless. It implies that all men are guilty by association and women are completely powerless.

    Yes. Exactly. It is men who are purchasing and raping trafficked women.
    What it takes to stop trafficking is for men to stop buying it. Women are basically powerless to stop rapists. There is nothing you can do, nothing you can wear, no place you can go that will prevent you from being raped. Rapists have to stop raping, for rape to stop. 99% of rapists are men. I ask you, what percent of men are rapists?
    So, yes: If you are a man and not telling your buddies to stop raping already, then you are guilty by association.

    Is it male objectification of the female form that forces women to contort themselves …?

    Yes. If you need more information, google ‘patriarchy’.

    That is all.

  3. Also, the question you mailed out to those very busy women? There’s this thing? Called Google? That like, you can use to search out the oh, several hundred at least articles written by internet feminists on all aspects of this very topic where you could have found oodles of tidbits for your ‘research’.

    If you actually took the trouble to read what feminists have been writing about and discussing for years, then you could have written an actual article, instead of whining how those nasty feminists were ignoring you and sending you nonsensical* replies.

    *And by ‘nonsensical’ I actually mean ‘totally appropriate in light of your self-imposed obliviousness’.


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