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Amy Schumer has a stellar spoof to poke fun at the double standards women face all the time. Bravo!

Amy Schumer takes a swing at something guys say that drives women bananas.

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I, for one, am glad Amy Schumer is taking on the hypocritical industries (beauty, fashion, and music) jerking women around in an epic tug of war.

Women get told by magazines and commercials all day long that if they just buy one more product, they'll finally feel ______ (fill in the blank: sexy, worth a damn, confident, desired, allowed to be seen in public).


And then they get told by sweet, well-meaning little pop songs sung by boys (who probably have never seen one of their girlfriends without makeup) that they do (AHEM, should) look pretty even without all that.

"You're insecure,
Don't know what for,
You're turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don't need make-up,
To cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough,

Everyone else in the room can see it,
Everyone else but you,

Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell,
You don't know,
Oh, oh,
You don't know you're beautiful."
— One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"















OMG, don't even get me started on how those of us who DO manage to feel beautiful in this maddening, looks-based climate now are being told by these kinds of songs that we have to pretend WE DON'T THINK WE'RE BEAUTIFUL because only people who are ignorant of their effect on others can truly be beautiful in a way that's acceptable.

Who knew even just sitting around the house in sweatpants could come with so much pressure? Because you should look pretty when you're just having a lazy Sunday, too!

It's too much!

I propose 2 new rules:

  • If you don't want to wear makeup, don't wear makeup.
  • If you like wearing makeup, wear makeup.

But for goodness sake, media and everyone who peddles it, sit down and stop telling us women what to do. We aren't here for your approval.

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