The evolution of women’s eyebrows

Women, can someone PLEASE tell me what’s wrong with natural eyebrows?

How come we are raised at a very young age to think that we have to keep up with a certain standard as soon as we get out of bed?

“I had enough of plucking my eyebrows every week, so I got myself a tattoo… done.” That’s what most said to me while others complained about not having enough hair to call them “eyebrows” in the first place.

Who said that women absolutely had to keep their eyebrows plucked? And that tattoo on the face… really? Tattooed eyebrow women might argue that it’s for aesthetic reasons and that it’s cheaper than hair transplant but let us set things straight:

There is no problem with reconstructive surgeries following accidents but that doesn’t not mean that this should be set as a standard and that women HAVE to feel bad if they do not stick to that standard.

Moreover, if you and I keep on comparing ourselves to artists whose job is to entertain people on stage or TV: we have a problem.

You and I are not making a living out of TV or live shows. You and I are not brands like those “famous” artists are. Enough said

These plastic surgery and cosmetic industries (nail, hair, make-up etc.) have been bombing messages since forever using all type of medium to put women down:

Messages go from “Because you’re worth it” to “After her pregnancy, she stopped ‘taking care of herself’ (because that’s what it’s called nowadays) and became less attractive to her husband, so he left.”

You also have to get those “long and thick” eyelashes and those “long and thick” nails using all means available. You have to get rid of every hair on your body to get that “baby skin”.

You have to be ready for the camera, the Facebook and Instagram pictures. You have to do this, you have to be that… It’s no wonder that growing in such an environment will breed women with self-confidence issues, who will spend a lot of time to boost themselves by buying a myriad of products and services worrying if they will look “good enough”. Women started to associate hair with degrees of cleanliness and pursue the quest by distorting their natural facial and bodily features.

It’s not only about the industries and the media, but also about peer pressure. “Why do you look like this today? Have you seen yourself in the mirror? No one will ever get attracted to you, if you look like this. Can’t you do something about your eyebrows? Etc…”

The 8th century in Japan witnessed women taking off their eyebrows completely and having them painted on their forehead instead in a practice called: Hikimayu

Tattooed eyebrows started appearing in the early 20th century but they did not seem to be a common practice until recently.

Check this out:

1920’s:

1930’s: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940’s: 

1950’s:

1960’s:

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970’s:

1980’s:

and onward….

No more rules. Some ladies decided to give their eyebrows a rest, while others remained under the “black magic” of what society and the red carpet dictates.

More research showed that the purpose behind women’s eyebrows was to send “messages” from “I’m a high maintenance doll that needs care” to “You better not mess with me”. Please get out of “what your eyebrows say about you” nonsense.

Personally, it’s “whatever rocks your boat” as long as you are convinced and at ease with your yourself.

I’d rather not use my eyebrows to send any message.  🙂

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