Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Shrimply Devine with I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive byZora Neale Hurston
most of these manicures aren’t necessarily “femme flagging,” and i’m not even sure the creator identifies as queer but i couldn’t help reblogging. let’s call this manicure inspiration… i’m particularly in love with the ones involving books i holdnear and dear to me (sherman alexie anyone?), or ones i just think look gorgeous. love it!
There are some folks claim that if someone uses and wears make-up you/us are perpetuating stereotypical ideals of beauty. This is one of the many issues “femmes” like me experience on a regular basis. These messages we hear from folks in and outside of our communities. There are many folks who identify as feminists, radical, revolutionaries who judge us because of our choice to wear make-up. I’ve encountered several of them who claim what I am doing is not revolutionary, is a problem, perpetuates the issue they are attempting to erase. All of a sudden I’m a part of the problem, not a useful member of the community, someone to be ridiculed, reprimanded, and ignored as my voice no longer matters. It is rare when some folks consider how my gender expression challenges them in ways that make them uncomfortable and sit with that discomfort to examine it. I write that as someone who has sat with that discomfort and will continue to do so as I learn about myself and others in such experiences.