An unpublishable interview.
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
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
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!
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!
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. 🥲
Thoughtful and well written. Thank you.
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.