A few months ago, a feminist friend & I dialogued about this video of a woman speaker “un-dressing” onstage in the name of Feminism. She wasn’t doing a strip-tease, she was instead making a big display of the way women are oppressed by the expectation of them looking pleasant, professional, or beautiful. How dare women look beautiful or be expected to look put-together for their employers.
In the video, she comes on stage looking quite beautiful in a professional way. Nothing is wrong at all in the way she is presented and dressed, however, throughout the video she seeks to prove that all the “unnatural” things she is “required” or “expected” to do in our society in order to be taken seriously as a responsible woman, are oppressive to her. My response was humor, knowing full well that no one is putting a gun to her head, that make-up and hair care do not have to take as long as she was drawing it out to prove her point. The simple fact (after studying beauty for over a decade now), is that women can look quite beautiful with only a mere 30 minutes of prep. 30 minutes to take care of themselves. 30 minutes to look professionally presentable. 30 minutes to gain respect for themselves and in front of people who pay them money to represent them. 30. Minutes.
It’s long been an acknowledged (albeit not always true) thing that feminists are “ugly,” or that feminism is for “ugly women,” and this is not a small part of that. From the beginning of its grassroots movement in the late 1800’s, feminism has gone against the idea of a woman ever going to the trouble to make herself more beautiful for a man. In fact, feminism in our day and age has made a very big case on women not having or being “oppressed” by doing anything for anyone, including their own children. Feminists are wrong in their understanding of a woman’s beauty, and the gift she is capable of giving to her husband when she makes the most of what God has given her.
Beauty matters, undeniably. God cares about the visual. It’s obvious when you see the beauty reflected in a baby’s smile, the masterpiece of artwork that is detailed in a sunset, or even in the beautiful structure of a woman’s face (the face that God chisled out for her – it is not just genetics, but a design given to her, gifted to her, by God). Oh yes, beauty itself is a gift that God gives to some of His children. It matters. It doesn’t mean that they matter inherently more at all than the next person, but their gift of having beauty is not a curse, but something that displays the hand of the Artist who created them.
God was the first Artist, and an artist in the truest form who uses science and mathematics to execute the most eye-pleasing, wonderful designs of beauty all over the world. The same Artist who designed the stars and their brilliance, who created math itself, combining physics with beauty to ensure that the very planets in orbit and astrophysics align in the perfect beauty & brilliance of their appearance (astronauts are frequently in awe of the sheer beauty of even our own planet) and their function (and I mean function even in the mathematical sense, yes, to me math, because it is Truth, is beauty).
God did not have to create beauty. Beauty exists for our own pleasure in viewing it. Think about that for a moment. He gave us beauty in flowers, landscapes, designs, features, sunsets, animals, the human body, facial structures, all for the entire purpose of it being for our pleasure when viewing it.
The same God who has so much flair for beauty, also has the greatest sense of humor. He designed the platypus, the adorable koala bear with it’s unique and characteristic nose, and the hippo who has been the brunt of fat jokes for decades! We have a God who not only can create masterpieces of beauty, He can also make us laugh with His good-humored taste for hilarity.
Obviously, beauty methods can go overboard, and I am not advocating for that kind of thing. However, when feminists (the woman in the video starts to talk about the 4th wave of feminism towards the end), stand on stage and claim that makeup and styling their hair are somehow against what women should love to do for themselves (not even mentioning for their husbands who they tried to attract that way), or say it is somehow oppressive to be expected to show up to work presentable. I’m sorry, it is a perversion of the truth.