Oh boy, here we go.
So I seriously had a hard time coming up with ANYTHING to do for today simply because the word "feminine" had me sitting here grumbling angrily to myself about gender roles and expectations in society.
Don't worry, I'ma try not to go completely Gender Studies 101 on y'all's asses.
But seriously, these ideals of masculinity and femininity that we have in our society make absolutely no sense to me. Certain things are considered masculine or feminine simply because of the social construct that is gender as a whole and the way it dominates everything we see and do.
In case you haven't thought of this before, just ask yourself why. Why is pink considered feminine? Lace, butterflies, flowers and hearts? Why do we consider sensitivity and emotional openness to be feminine, and why are these things associated with weakness?
I'm the kind of angry queer kid who believes that gender is one of those things that deserves to be shaken up a bit--No, scratch that. It deserves to be completely shaken up.
And all of this because of a fucking manicure.
Anyway, coming back to manicures, that's actually a great example. Nail polish is usually associated with femininity. Painting nails is considered a "girly" thing to do, so it seems like sort of a silly idea to specifically try to create a "feminine" manicure for this challenge. In the words of Cuti-CLUE-less: "I've never seen a manicure and thought 'jaysus that looks awful masculine.'"
The fact that I paint my nails is already deemed feminine by most people, because I'm a guy. So that's "weird" and "feminine." And then for some people, just the fact that my nails are so long and shaped a certain way is feminine.
And me? I say it's all bollocks. I don't care. I think nails look amazing, and I paint mine and care for them a certain way because I like the way it looks and the way it makes me feel.
I hope at least a few of you got through this whole rant.
I did actually paint my nails with SOMETHING for this challenge day, but I figured it didn't really matter what I chose. So I just picked a random untried polish from my stash. (I almost went with black, but I wanted y'all to have something more interesting to look at)
Sonia Kashuk Smoke and Mirrors. Perfect silver foil. Two coats, no top coat, no problem! I think silver brings out the redness in my skin, though...
That's all I've got, folks.