You know how there's this huge stereotype about feminists being man-hating, hairy-legged moustachieod fat butches with unshaven armpits, right? OK, that stereotype mostly died out by the 80's. Nonetheless, I know some people still buy it.
And then there's the stereotype about how the feminine women who pays any amount of attention to her grooming habit is just a colluder of the Patriarchy. Or that women create their own problems by buying into the superficiality of appearances and blablabla. I wrote about it at length here. (I also just had an argument on the Redux Edition about whether or not the Patriarchy exists and I was told that women are the ones who do the most oppressing. Don't ask me how this works.)
There are things which are, dare I say it, stereotypically girly that, dare I say it, I actually do.
And because I am particularly proud of my own femininity, I shall now catalogue my particular grooming habits, to the best of my knowledge, although some of these habits may sound absolutely re-donk-u-lous to you, because they are, after all, so pointless and shallow and oppressive and why do I ever buy into this idea that being pretty means anything?
Warning: Complete Self Absorption Ahead!
Habit #1: I shave my armpits.
But not my legs. I don't have to shave my legs (yes, I bask in your hate!) which are, oddly enough, inherited from my dad. I have silky-smooth legs. But I do shave my armpits. I haven't shaved them since February, but that's because it's been winter and I haven't been modeling, so I've felt no need to shave them. But I do shave them for purely aesthetic purposes, indeedy-do.
Habit #2: I compulsively buy shampoo and conditioner.
I do! I didn't for a while because I cut my hair short, but I used to have loooong hair, which used to touch the back of my thighs. I used two bottles of conditioner for every bottle of shampoo! So because I was living on my own and not using stuff from my mum's shop, I felt I could and should experiment with all the range of products available to me to see what I like best. At any one time there is at least one extra bottle of shampoo AND conditioner (none of that 2-in-1 crap for me, that's contradictory, shampoo rips gunk from your scalp and conditioner replenishes gunk in your scalp, so 2-in-1s are like ripping your eyes out so you see better) in my washroom cabinet.
Habit #3: I trim or otherwise completely remove my pubic hair.
This subject is often fraught, I know, I've been involved in three productions of the Vagina Monologues. Admittedly, this is ONE grooming habit I have which I perform for a practical purpose: when my Venus mound gets too hairy, discharge or menstrual gunk occasionally gets stuck and dried and performs as a glue between pubes and panties. Try peeing in a hurry then.
Habit #4: I dig heels.
And sometimes wear them around the house to practise dancing in them. Especially to Kristy McColl's In These Shoes? because it pleases me. I don't wear anything beyond two inches because I haven't gotten to that point and I don't want to accidentally die, but I do love the line of my legs when wearing heels.
Habit #5: I wear makeup. Sometimes.
I learnt how to wear makeup from watching What Not To Wear. I can put on my face in less time than it takes for my brother to shower. Usually it's just blush, lipliner (which I use to colour my whole lips), eyeliner. I don't do it everyday, of course, because my skin is naturally beautiful and I like to keep it that way. I go the full shebang when I model. Yes, foundation and all. Recently spent RM150 on foundation at Shu Uemera (there's no Shu Uemera in Canada). When I wear the full shebang, my fabness cannot be countenanced. OK, OK, it can.
Habit #6: I buy specific facial wash product.
Namely, ZA, Future Defense Cleansing Foam or Facial Cleansing Foam. I cannot find these products in Canada, so I make sure I buy a couple of tubes whenever I go home to Malaysia. I use the Cleansing Foaming Gel for makeup removal (after wiping off most of it with a facial cleansing towel), which is way more heavy-duty. When I run out of these, I seek out substitutes, but they are usually poor compared to ZA! (Also, when my brother last came to visit me, he was supposed to bring me a tube, and he forgot, and still he kept using my ZA cleanser! And he used a LOT! In the shower! How rude! When I was home and bought my own, he also used it! How rude! Why can't he get his own!)
Habit #7: I pull at my lashes to get rid of stray ones.
OK, I actually don't do this for aesthetic nor practical purposes. I do it because occasionally I get itchy-fingered and my lashes feel a bit weird and pulling at them to get rid of the few that're loose really helps me feel better. It's a tiny thing which doesn't actually affect anything overall, but I thought I'd mention it.
So, my wonderful audience, I encourage you to also share your completely self-absorbed grooming habits!
p.s. ZA is available in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hawaii...... but NOT VANCOUVER?! I call foul! T_T