Women are free to alter their bodies
Recently, R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson posted on his Instagram page a rant about women who wear wigs, excessive make-up, weaves, get implants, and do other alterations to their body. He basically indicated that these alterations are not fooling men, going as far as to clearly indicate that by his assessment 'real men' are not interested in women who take these drastic steps in the name of beauty.
As usual, this post sparked a conversation about standards of beauty, what's allowed and how far is too far when it comes to enhancements. There was even hashtag #TeamNatural for the persons who prefer that natural look on a woman.
Whenever I see these types of conversations, I am amused because there is a clear differentiation in what some men say they prefer when it comes to defining 'beauty' in a woman, and what they actually practise. Perhaps, before I continue, I should define what is meant by 'natural', since this term seems to be variable, based on who is using it.
WHAT IS NATURAL?
In very simple terms, a natural woman does not wear make-up, process her hair, wear weave, wigs or hair extensions at all.
Personally, I think that a woman should be able to choose how she represents herself without the constant need to feel judged or anyone trying to control her choices.
It's the 21st century and the options for body modification and enhancement like many other industries are vast and varied. What many persons seem to forget is that human beings have been indulging in the enhancement of the body for centuries. Standards of beauty continue to change, and there are many varied thoughts on what should and shouldn't be allowed.
Over the last decade, however, there seems to be an increase in the number of women opting to do cosmetic surgery butt and breast implants, liposuction, sculpting and other procedures. These enhancements have gained their popularity in Jamaica through the influence of the Kardashians, pop stars and our very own local celebrities, who are rumoured to have got work done. So now, almost every young woman wants a voluptuous, hourglass figure. These surgeries can be high risk and cost anywhere from US$3,000 upwards.
I saw a meme on social media that said, "Women have fake hair, nails, butt, skin and they say they want a real man." After getting a good giggle, I started to think about what the meme really meant. Personally, I am not convinced that men are as into 'natural' women as they claim to be.
The ladies that get the procedures done are not having any shortage of suitors and admirers. Plus, the women who typically do these procedures have a more selfish motive they do it for themselves, to improve their bodies and self-esteem.
Ultimately, whether you prefer a natural woman or an enhanced one, there are enough options to find the woman that will rock your world.
Kudos to the women who are confident in how they carry themselves, and their partners who can celebrate them as well.