At the end of last year, Allergan (makers of Botox and Juvéderm facial fillers) and CEW hosted a debate with some of the biggest names in female journalism on the panel on whether you can be feminist and have fillers. As someone who considers themselves to be feminist who also has fillers, I was disappointed that I couldn’t attend. Therefore, I’m delighted that Allergan have decided to keep the conversation going by asking a handful of THIRTY PLUS Bloggers for their views.
As feminism can mean different things to different people, I thought I’d lay out what it means to me. My idea of feminism encompasses the dictionary definition of advocating women’s rights and the equality of the sexes in all respects. But I also believe that feminism is about being free to make choices without fear of being treated in a sexist way or being accused of being a traitor to our gender.
Allergan recently commissioned a survey of over 1500 women to gage their views on beauty and youth and 88% of women agree you should be free to express your beauty any way you choose. My response to this is to wonder why 100% of women didn’t agree to this. I strongly believe that men and women shouldn’t be judging us on how we present ourselves to the world.
However, as someone who readily tells others that I’ve had fillers, it’s worth noting that I’ve never felt negatively judged by women over this (at least not to my face). I don’t actually feel that having fillers has had any impact on my relationships with women at all.
One aspect of the issues surrounding feminism and fillers that I think is more complex is whether women who’ve had them done should be open about it. Another statistic from the Allergen survey is that 25% of women say they’ve had or would consider facial injectables – and of those women, 38% say they have/would keep it a secret. A big theme that emerged from the previously mentioned debate was that keeping quiet about having fillers isn’t sisterly and this can be summed up by the following quote, “The biggest betrayal of the sisterhood is secrecy i.e. not telling each other when you have had treatment and therefore allowing other woman to think you look that way naturally”.
This resonates strongly with me and I’ve chosen to be forthcoming about having fillers and botox because I have them done for myself and not as a way of competing against other women or to make anyone feel bad about themselves. Another reason I tell people I’ve had fillers is because I feel no shame in it whatsoever and think it’s comparable to dying my grey hair. I also included my preferred cosmetic doctor in my Favourites Of 2016 post as I think sharing advice, information and recommendations benefits other women who have aesthetic treatments or are thinking about it.
Some woman might have good reason for not saying they’ve had fillers and, going back to my previous point, it’s not my place to judge others anyway. And though it may be frustrating when celebrities who’ve clearly had work done credit their youthful appearance to exercise and drinking lots of water, if they admitted to having fillers etc., it will be mentioned in every future press piece about them.
Another important issue when it comes to feminism and fillers is that women should only have them done for the right reasons. In the Allergan survey 13% of women think you should strive to look youthful at all costs which I think is an unhealthy attitude. Women shouldn’t feel an internal or external pressure to stay looking young as it’s just not desirable or realistic. While fillers can help you look a bit younger I think we should view them as being able to make us look fresher, less tired – slightly better versions of ourselves, basically. I also think it’s wrong to get them done if you’re generally unhappy and you think trying to change your appearance with fillers is a quick fix to all your problems.
I think it’s inevitable that fillers will become more commonplace so it’s great to be having this debate. The other bloggers who’re also posting on this are Tracey at Fighting Fifty, Debs at Bang On Style, Lizzy at What Lizzy Loves and Sharon at Back To You Beauty and I’m looking forward to finding out what their stance is.
I’d also love to know your views so please come and join in with the Thirty Plus Twitter Chat this Thursday, 9th March at 8pm. You can RSVP at the Facebook Page and/or follow the hashtags #30PlusDebate and #FeministAndFillers.
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