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Aug 5, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

a year later and this is still so relevant. just this week i’ve been wavering between continuing my “feral girl” summer or purchasing a few “minimal” skincare products. your writing is so concise and informative and has had a huge impact on my relationship to beauty. thank you for saving my $$ and saving my spirit too haha. can’t wait for the book. and i’ll say i love how you look at the root of these issue and tie it back to colonialism, sexism, racism, capitalism, etc. knowing where beauty culture stems from has had a huge impact in my personal ability to divest in it

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Aug 5, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

So well written. I feel these answers could function as an intro or first chapter of a (your?) book. SKIN & nature - skin & culture - skin & industry, and where to position oneself as a woman. X

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Aug 12, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

I’m typically pretty bad about reading articles because they don’t get my attention BUT you’re amazing!! Subscribed to your newsletter because I’ve enjoyed your work for a long time! Thank you for all you do to open our eyes to the beauty culture!

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Aug 7, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

I write about addiction (to alcohol and other drugs, mainly, but in any form), and I see so many parallels in the work I do and what you’re doing.

The idea that we need/deserve something, that it’s self-care, that it’s normal/routine…etc. but if we are honest, at its core, it’s actually hurting us more than it’s helping us. It’s a short term bandaid for deep-rooted issues. Could be talking about a serum or a glass of wine, no?

I often think to myself “I want to be the Jessica DeFino of the addiction/recovery space.” Haha. As usual, thanks for everything you’re doing! The lord’s work!

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Aug 6, 2022·edited Aug 6, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

So insightful and articulate as always! Loved this. I would appreciate if you wrote/talked more about what it's like to be out on the other side of the b****y industry especially when you see your peers and colleagues haven't really 'seen the light' in how entrenched our ideals are in these millenia-old institutions, and how you go about convincing/informing them (besides the Unpublishable ofc lol). I imagine you have a lot of anecdotes of pushback. Asking mostly because I see my friends and loved ones so convinced that being beautiful 'on our own terms' is literally fifth wave feminism. 🥲

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Aug 5, 2022Liked by Jessica DeFino

Thoughtful and well written. Thank you.

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You're a very good writer and I enjoyed reading your posts until I got to "white supremacy .... colonialism". Then you lost me as a paying subscriber. These subjects are irrelevant to this English reader, who is really pi---ed off by having them crop up in an article on skincare products. I realize that Americans are very concerned about these issues, but they don't have anything at all to do with your main subject, which was the reason I subscribed in the first place. Patriarchy and capitalism, yes, but don't bring racism into this subject. That belongs in another blog, and conditions being so different in the UK, where I live, I would not want to read it.

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