The fashion industry makes up a large part of our economy. Ten
billion dollars a year is spent on cosmetics and skin-care products
alone. Some may think that these fashions and products help raise
the self-esteem of women and make them more successful. However,
success is not based on appearance. We are judged by our hard work
and achievements. Women's fashion and cosmetics serve to imprison
women rather than liberate them. Make-up is money and time
consuming, billboard images send out false portraits and high-fashion
footwear is costly health wise and economically.
A considerable amount of time is spent on make-up and styling hair.
It takes at least fifteen minutes to put on the make-up in the
morning and it takes ten minutes to take it off at night and if the
make-up isn't removed, it will clog pores and cause acne. This time
could be used more productively by perhaps eating a healthier
breakfast, exercising or getting to school earlier to prepare for
classes. Liane Faulder of the Edmonton Journal says, 'Part of the
problem with worrying about how you look is that it drains you of
time, money and energy which you could use for other things. Like
pursing a career, reproductive rights, or equal pay for work of equal
value. Or maybe just having fun.' It is also money consuming. Make-
up and hair products are expensive. The money used to buy cosmetics
and hair styling products could be spent for more important things.
If one has that much money to give away, why not save it for a
college education or donate it to a charitable organization? The
time and money spent on cosmetics and hair commodities imprisons
women by preventing them from doing more constructive things.
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