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Lipstick does not define femininity

Date Posted: 2001-10-01

I would like to respond to "A Curious American" who wrote about the outrage (?) of female Marines being denied the right to wear lipstick.

I am not going to get into that debate, because I believe it is a ridiculous one. However, I would like to take issue with one sentence he wrote. "I imagine that females would cling to the precious few symbols of femininity that they have; and would also vehemently oppose any usurping of these symbols of womanhood."

This sentence proves that, for women, there is still a long journey ahead. I must tell you, sir, that wearing lipstick does not define one's femininity. I could count the number of times I have worn lipstick in the past year on one hand. That does not make me any less feminine than one who applies it daily.Strength, perseverance, love, grace, confidence, (I could go on all day) . . . these are symbols of womanhood. Our symbols of womanhood come from within; they are what define our characters. They are NOT confined to our outward appearance, and they definitely do not include something as frivolous as makeup. Please get out of the Stone Age and join the rest of us in the year 2001. Stop defining women by our looks and you will see our true colors shine.

KA

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