Dec 10, 2011
A very thoughtful article by Suzanne Reisman caught my attention: Would the American Economy Collapse if Women Stopped Hating Their Natural Appearance?
In the US the cosmetics industry is a $30 billion industry with an annual growth rate of 20% and Cosmetics are recession-proof, as they are always in demand. Vanity is keeping the American women poor and if women collectively decided that we were fine with our faces without makeup enhancing them, it would certainly cost the American economy an enormous amount of money and thousands of jobs would be lost.
Have a look at the daily self-prepping inorder that she looks appealing to people in her college, her office in buses and trains in malls....: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, face wash, , body lotion, face moisturizer, blusher, a bit of glimmer for my cheeks, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, and perfume. Most American women also add in regular salon and spa stuff like spray tanning, waxing, highlights, haircuts, manis, pedis, microdermabrasion and Botox……
How far can women go to ahceive that oop beauty index ! Nearly 11.7 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the US in 2007 -- a 446 per cent increase in 10 years, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery. Botox injections and liposuction are the most popular nonsurgical and surgical procedures.
Quite simply: It costs more to be a woman !Financially and pyshcologically. The nonprofit YWCA in the US said women and girls are spending increasing amounts of money in their bid to look like idealized, air-brushed magazine models.
Are women safe while using the cosmetics ? A report titled "Skin Deep" by theEnvironmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit research institute based in Washington, D.C. showed that 89 percent of 10,500 ingredients used in lipstick, nail polish, hair coloring, soap, and other personal-care products have not been evaluated for safety...89 percent !
The compact or talcum owder causes asthmatic attacks.. Strong perfumes cause allergic reaction and respiratory problems.. Anti ageing cream cause pigmentation , pimples and dark patches….Fairness creams bring hair on faces, acnes and pimples… lipsticks darkens the lips… Hair removal causes irritation and burns…(DNA Jan 15 ,2007)
That brings us to the Qur’anic advice to women.. O Prophet Tell your wives, your daughters and believing men that they should cast their outer garments over their persons when abroad.. that is most convenient that they should be known and not molested….Surah al-Ahazab, ch 33:59
Note the last word “Not Molested” is “Fala U’dhaiyn” it does not mean eve teasing only.. rather it covers all aspects of harassments including psychological exploitation, depressed obsession towards looks.. But if she is covered ? Does she requires to show her employee and her co workers and her customers her looks and spend a large part of her income to please them by her looks ? Its only for her husband that she beautifies her self and that husband if loving he would not want his beloved wife to have a bag full of chemical cosmetics that can be more injurious than beneficial.