Makeup Is Gender Neutral

Makeup Is Gender Neutral

Why are we still arguing about this?

Say it with me, "Makeup is gender neutral."

Some of you reading this will probably disagree and that is perfectly OK. Even some girls reading this will go, "I don't even wear makeup," and that's OK too. Makeup is not a requirement, it is a choice. Because it is a choice, anyone, regardless of gender, can wear makeup. If it makes you happy, then wear it. I do not get why people still make a fuss about this kind of thing, especially today with people like Jeffree Star, who are in the public eye more than ever. If people bring up the immensely stupid, "Because makeup is not manly," or, "All women should wear makeup," argument, I will not be afraid to explain to you why that it a terrible argument. In our generation, it feels like a lot of things can become socially possible, if a lot already isn’t. By now, most people should know that it is OK for someone born a male to not be "manly" and all that other sort. Our generation is already breaking gender stereotypes into shatters, so why not makeup?

Technically makeup has been gender neutral for a long time now, due to makeup being used in plays since medieval Europe, when actors altered their face appearances by painting themselves with a different color, combined with the fact that actors were only men until around 1660. Also don't forget that female as well as male actors today also always wear makeup for TV, movies, as well as bands and singers that perform on stage and politicians that do speeches that are being broadcasted on TV.

Now, say that the argument is that TV and stage makeup is a different case. OK, then let's talk about recreational makeup. Being a makeup enthusiast and a drag queen fanatic, I have seen more than my fair share of stunning makeup on males, females and whatever is in-between. Makeup also brings people together. It is something to obsess over and share information about -- you learn from one another. Even getting your makeup done by someone is usually a relaxing process that lets the artist use the model as a canvas and the whole idea of that is beautiful to me.

Drag queens wear pounds of makeup. That girl at the bus stop may wear none one day, and then a bold red lip and sultry cat eye the next day. The boy walking down the street may look like a stereotypical ‘normal’ boy, until looking closer and seeing that he is wearing some mascara and a hint of lip gloss because he likes it. Makeup is supposed to make you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin, whether that be covering up redness and acne, or having purple eyebrows and crazy false eyelashes. Makeup is a choice that everyone can choose from and is not limited to someone because of their gender. If it makes you happy, confident or feel more at ease, then wear it and do not let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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No, Your Political Views Aren't Always Wrong, They Just Aren't Always Right

"No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen." - Proverb

Violence. It is inevitable. Whether it is verbal or it is physical, it is happening around the world every day and it is a very sensitive subject. Something absolutely devastating happens and all of the sudden politicians are being questioned and those who aren't politicians, but think that they are, are now ranting on Facebook swearing up and down the walls that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

After the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, I was at a loss for words. For an incident this serious to happen in what felt like my backyard was absolutely terrifying. To live in a world where this happened was absolutely terrifying. As families and friends of victims and survivors grieved on social media and on TV, people took no breath in expressing their feelings about the incident. From angry messages about the LGTBQ community and to the complete opposite side where those mourned for the LGBTQ community, arguments were all over Facebook. Opinions were all over Facebook, as they always are.

With the recent Las Vegas shooting the same thing was seen on social media as some felt strongly about the mental health of Americans and others cared deeply about those who were killed and what was going to happen next. Social media is home to many different political views as well as social views and the biggest issue, in my opinion, is that no one allows the opportunity for someone else to speak their mind.

Most importantly in my life right now, as well as the lives of many who surround me, is the Parkland shooting. This was absolutely horrifying, to say the least. It showed how unfair life was and how screwed up people can be.

Unfortunately, I have found on social media as well as on TV that people have lost sight of what truly matters right now as they are too worried arguing about their political views and making the statement that only their thoughts are correct.

Being a very open-minded person, I have read through hundreds of comments and watched my fair share of videos. I have heard Republicans and Democrats speak on the matter on gun control, gun safety, and guns in school.

Yes, I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe it is a right to carry a gun with the appropriate training and paperwork. Yes, I also believe that it has become way too easy to obtain such a powerful weapon.

Lastly, I believe that it is not the ease of buying guns or the Second Amendment itself that is leading to these terrifying events. It's the people of the United States and the way that they are raised today.

As Governor Matt Bevin said when he was younger, kids brought guns to school on a day to day basis and even more around the holidays to show off their new presents. People simply did not think about killing people. People were not terrified for their lives when they went to school or to a country concert.

Yes, you're allowed to have your own political opinions.

Yes, you can plaster your views and arguments all over Facebook and other social media platforms.

But stop and take a second to think about others views as well. Think about simpler times when your life didn't revolve around a video game or your cell phone or the latest violent movie that just came out.

When things were "simpler," there were not constant shootings at schools and out in public places.

Guns are not the problem. Do not be ignorant.

Realize that you can have your views but they may not always be right.

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Let's Take The Politics Out Of School Shootings

So, please do not use school shootings as a reason to get in a Facebook fight.

The American dream is to send our beloved children off to school where they can flourish and learn. On the other hand, an important aspect of the American dream is the second amendment.

How shall we move forward so these two aspects of the American dream can coexist?

The answer to that question will not be discovered in my lifetime (or maybe ever). There is no way to save an entire country from horrific events like ones we have seen too many times. So, let’s stop focusing on which is the “correct” way to handle the situation and look at the broader perspective.

This week, social media is flooded with a variety of political opinions after the Florida school shooting that I would rather not explore. I am sure everyone is familiar with the different opinions that unveil after a mass shooting.

Unfortunately, we are too familiar with them.

I am a senior in high school who is hardly involved with politics. Putting political beliefs aside, I focus on the victims’ faces and names. I focus on their families. I focus on a school that will never feel the same.

The kids who passed were not thinking about politics during this tragedy. Rather, they were wondering if they would make it out of a place they considered safe, alive.

This issue is much bigger than a political debate. It is about hate in our world, a lack of love and a disconnect between ourselves and others. It’s not about guns. It’s not about mental illness. It’s about much more.

Rather than pointing the finger, we can all equally share the blame.

When social media turns an issue into a political debate, it’s easy to forget that children aren’t thinking about politics when they see their teacher, coach or friend pass away in front of their eyes.

So please, do us all a favor and don’t use children's dead bodies as a reason to get into a heated Facebook fight. That only spreads the hate. It is counterproductive. Rather than plotting against each other, we need to band together.

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