I recently came across the Made Up campaign, a photography project that sets out to challenge gender stereotypes. It says:
'We typically assume that masculinity is tied to male bodies, but gender is more complex than that.'
I won't get into my views on gender stereotypes (we're two chemically and physically different sexes, we can't close the gap entirely for many reasons), but are photos of men in make-up really a revolutionary and original way to challenge anything? Men wearing make-up is hardly shocking at a time when a lot of men erm, wear make-up.
The campaign includes quotes from its participants. One says:
'I wish women didn't feel the need to wear make-up'
To say it's a shame women have to wear make up, that the poor things are shrouded with insecurity, isn't accurate.Women have help on bad days to cover blemishes and tired eyes - if anything men, should be jealous that it's more socially acceptable for us to do so. But the campaign seems to have overlooked this misunderstanding.
I'm not really sure how the project 'challenges societal constructions', but take a look if you fancy looking at boring photos of men in lipstick, looking unimpressed and saying completely counter-productive things, such as this: