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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013 1:45 p.m. MST

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cjb
Bountiful, UT

I couldn't help but notice that those sponsoring no makeup November are motivated by (Christian) religion. Quite likely evangelical Christian. Anyone remember Tammy Faye Baker? She wore gobs of makeup because being raised in a strict evangelical Christian home she wasn't allowed to wear makeup.

I guess my point is how does not wearing makeup make a girl / woman a better Christian or a better person? Seems like a funny (and useless) thing to focus on. Such a practice if externally enforced adds to the perception that religion is imprisoning. Regardless of how it is enforced such a practice robs a person of attention, time and effort that could be put to better use such as striving to be more charitable, less judgemental, more empathetic. more excellent in school etc.

Just Wonderin'
Midvale, UT

No thanks. I'm a woman, and I am totally uninterested in such a suggestion. The whole facial hair thing in November is kind of lame, anyway, so why would I want to join in on something like that with no make-up month? We women tolerate the facial hair thing - and are even amused by it - but this would give too much credibility to something that doesn't deserve it. Women should be able to wear make-up -- or not -- that's the point. Going without it proves nothing about ourselves. This is just a cheap exploitation.

Linds88
South Jordan, UT

I get the point they are trying to make, however, the video produced for YouTube is counter productive and defeats the purpose of showing your "true" self. The video is simply a girl getting her make-up for the duration of the video. Rather than putting make-up on the girl they should have done the reverse and removed the make-up from her face. Is it just me or am I missing something here???

flatlander
Omaha, NE

@Justwonderin
We know you just tolerate the facial hair thing, and that you really wear make up for the other women you will see that day, but we also tolerate a woman's makeup, the cost, the hours of putting it I'm and off, the vanities of how horrible it would be to be seen without makeup. I think the thought of a no makeup movement scares you and other women and that is why you would disparage it. You shouldn't be afraid to be seen for who you are.

jeanie
orem, UT

"Exploitation" is a word most appropriately used when a "need" is created to pad other people's pockets - when in fact no real need exists.

Wearing make up is a fairly recent social expectation for women. It was not too long ago in our history that make up was only used by "loose women" and had a bad reputation. Thankfully we don't have to sponsor a month of "don't wear your powdered wig " or "corset free November".

I'd love to do away with make up all together. It would make my mornings easier. But, it is the current practice and I'm not brave enough to fly solo. :)

ThornBirds
St.George, Utah

Has anyone looked in the old, very large books with photos of pioneer women? Yikes!
A famous LDS leader is well known for his writings and comments concerning women minus makeup. Read up on it, folks.
The majority of girls/women now days can put on their makeup in less than 10 minutes, BTW.

ThoughtfulTeen
Salem, UT

Honestly, makeup doesn't mean anything for most women/girls. They wear it because they like to look beautiful, no harm in that. Others don't because they're too lazy or don't care. Nothing wrong with that either. The only time makeup ever becomes a problem is when it's compulsive, and that's when you're crossed the line into mental disorder. A "No-makeup November" probably won't benefit anyone. And No-shave November was actually started for cancer awareness/fundraising. Hardly something that needs to be "tolerated."

JayWeston
midvale, UT

While you are at it why don't you setup wife appreciation day on the third Sunday of June. Movember/No Shave November was setup to raise awareness for men's health issues. I am not for or against the movement, but pick a different month. Women can deal with a month that is not totally devoted to them.

Stiching Together
Bountiful, UT

I have chosen for years not to wear make up. It started because I was serving a mission and because of the heat it came right off. There was no point in wasting it. Then I got married and money was tight. It was easy to see that I could save money by not wearing make up. Over the years I have seen that I really don't need make up to feel beautiful or put together like I use to think I did. I still wear it every now and then when I really want to look really nice. Hopefully what will come from all of this is for women to remember the beauty God gave them and society isn't always right.

Sunset
Orem, UT

@ cjb

Neither the presence nor the absence of makeup makes one a better Christian or person, nor does it define real beauty. I think rampant commercialism and ridiculous standards of beauty are just as imprisoning as fundamentalist religion.

@ just

You're right, people should have the choice to wear makeup or not. But let's be honest. Where does the social pressure lie, especially for women? If people can feel and be recognized as beautiful without makeup, then I think that does prove something valuable.

@ jeanie

Well said and agree!

@ ThornBirds

All joking aside, I think your first sentence illustrates what we already know: Our society imposes impossible standards of beauty on women, so we sell them poisonous creams and burning oils to create a shell. Those pioneer women might be considered ugly to some, but their strength of character and endurance of trials reveals their true value far above lip gloss and hair extensions.

@ ThoughtfulTeen

Unfortunately, our culture teaches that women need to be beautiful to be desirable and worthy. You even said that wearing makeup equates to beauty, while not equates to laziness or apathy. We need to relearn that people can be beautiful and desirable without makeup.

latcatin
Biloxi, MS

While we're doing away with makeup, let's go back to washing our hair once a week, and just let it grow out long and unkempt. And then let's just wear sweats and dirty sneakers everywhere. We don't need to look nice and all those shallow people out there should just accept that we are beautiful on the inside. They should be ashamed for negatively judging our slovenly appearance. We don't need to freshen our faces, plan our wardrobe, or have healthy bodies. How dare anyone with eyes make a judgement about our appearance! This ridiculous call to ban make up is just another symptom of how lazy and casual we have become as a culture. We expect others to carry the burden of knowing who we are with no effort on our part. We feel entitled to other's positive assumptions. Your appearance tells others that many things about you. It is wise to be in control the broadcast. That requires effort on our part. Our grandmothers understood that.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ latcatin: The connecting of wearing makeup with absolutely no care for ones appearance is very telling. Believe it or not, a woman can still take care of herself and be clean and nicely dressed without wearing makeup - just as men can be clean and nicely dressed while having facial hair.

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