Friday, June 3, 2016

AU NATURAL RANT - by Pmccray

Au Natural - a natural state : without anything added; Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Two pet peeves; folks that tout natural hair styling, for Black women, like its the end all to be all and Alicia Keys and the no makeup look.


As a way grown ass woman I think I can make decisions about my personal appearance. This is one area where I have complete control. I'm sick of reading blogs and listening  to celebrity balderdash that don't suggest Afro-American women go au natural, but literally admonish us for not doing so. Been there done that . . ain't going to do it again.
 



Pmccray back in the day 
Several generations of men in my family have served for mine and other's national freedoms, and damn it I will do what I want, wear what I want, with the money I earn without having to hear crap from anyone about what they feel I should be doing. The only things in life that I have to do is be black, die and pay taxes!

Alicia Keys, the fourteen time Grammy Award winning artist, recently revealed that "she was tired of how women are constantly judged." “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she wrote. “And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect.”



Alicia Keys
I'm going to let everyone, and Ms. Keys, in on a little secret; women are strong and mighty, we produce life and raise our offspring, if we're lucky, to adulthood sometimes alone. Not many are brainwashed, but do what we want to do. Look like we want to look. Adorning ourselves if we feel the need. If that is what it takes to make some of us feel better about ourselves then what is the problem, and why is it anyone's business? Basically, what you and others would have us do is jump from one box and get into yours. What about individuality? Freedom of expression? Must we all be lemmings, and run with one side or the other?

Your beef is all fine and good . . on paper, but not in the real world. Cosmetics have been used since the beginning of time. As a form or adornment. The first recorded use by a famous/infamous black queen Cleopatra. Its easy for somebody with the bucks and looks of Keys to sport her new "refreshing" look. 

Alicia Keys Without Makeup Photo Shoot
Unfortunately, most of us would put ghouls to shame first thing in the morning. Its kinda hard to sport confidence at your workplace looking like a beast. We suffer from birthmarks, moles, pimples, pimple scarring, eczema, shingles, psoriasis, rosacea, accident scars, dark circles under the eyes (most acquired from not only bringing home the bacon, but cooking it too). As with you and your peers we don't have nannies, personal trainers, masseuses or maids to take care of the mundane callings in life. Those jobs ride on our backs alone.



Most can't afford the the lifestyle of the rich and famous which include: expensive personal facialist, facial spas, oxygen creams /wrap, bubbly mask, clay mud masks, and cosmetic dermatologist. Chemical skin peels, caviar creams (whole body application; cost $400.00), expensive wrinkle creams, dark circle removers and Botox.

I don't know about anyone else, but all are way above my pay grade. So we make do with what is found on drug store shelves, most of which are ineffective. This is a good place to make a difference; stop cosmetic/fashion corporations from ripping off and scamming women. Over the counter products; very few work and none work like those slathered on the well to do.



So if I want to sport a wig, weave, extensions, dyed, braided, straight or laid to the side dos. Wear foundation, mascara, lipstick and rouge it is my business. As long as I'm not asking anyone to support my habit but me then its none of anyone's business.




Personally, I don't give a rat's patootie what anyone in this free nation does to themselves or for themselves. I've got my own backyard to clean, don't have no time to clean my neighbor's. In closing, Ms. Keys, you and your army of trolls can march on without your makeup, but cha' doin it without me!



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