Women's Fashion and Cosmetics

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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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