During my four years of high school, I was a part of a club called LAW, or Latin’s alliance for women. We focused on woman’s empowerment but it was also a place where girls could simply come and discuss pertinent issues that they were currently facing in their lives. One message that the club conveyed was for girls to be confident with themselves. We emphasized the importance of not changing one’s self for others, especially boys.
Many heated discussions were sparked around the time of prom season. One teacher who helped run the meetings was very opinionated on the way she thought girls should behave while preparing for prom. A common activity that went on during this time was spray tanning. She felt that girls going to get a spray tan completely undermined the message that the club promoted.
I am a big advocate for accepting oneself, but I completely disagree that the idea of spray tanning or more generally, changing ones external experience with the use of makeup or other products, is negative. I think that as long as the reasons behind why a girl would desire to alter their appearance in a certain way are because she is doing it for herself and not the approval of others, then there is no stigma attached. Do you think that this activity undermines a feminist message?