How do men seem to get more handsome with age as women scramble to the doctor to get rid of every little wrinkle? Ladies and gentlemen, take note: going gray can be hot, and more and more celebs are shelving their boxes of Just for Men and embracing age.
Women that are beyond conventionally beautiful are regularly photoshopped. The media invents flaws and then makes sure to erase them, making it difficult to have a clear perception of what a real woman is supposed to look like. How many times have we seen women's waists trimmed to the point that if the image actually represented a real person, she would be dying because of an inability to support her weight? Hips are continually narrowed as well. Any markers that reveal age are carefully removed, giving us a false idea of what a mature adult woman looks like.
Even if a woman decided to go gray, how long do you think it would be before she was shamed into using dye or magazine editors ran to photoshop, to make her image appropriate for publication? Women simply do not have the freedom to age without criticism in the way that men do, and that is why we don't see more starlets running around with gray hair and avoiding the plastic surgeons table.
Reading the article in Blackvoices pissed me off to no end. Once again, women are being shamed while men are being uplifted. I am sure many women would love to throw off the beauty regime. It is damn expensive and disheartening to the soul in a lot of cases, but until patriarchy loses its grip and capitalism can no longer make a profit shaming women, I don't expect to see it happen anytime soon.