September 28, 2022


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Women’s ‘ludicrous’ beauty standards are hard to explain to kids

My toddler looks absolutely horrified. She is watching me wince while I rip out my underarm hair.

Her four-year-old sister joins to watch the hideous spectacle of their mother becoming beautiful.

“It’s okay,” I reassure them, “I’m just doing some waxing. It’s not a big deal.”

They disagree. And they wonder why I would do something that clearly causes me pain.

Suddenly the kids who regularly wee in their undies have become the reasonable, rational ones.

This is not a comfortable role reversal for me. Nor for them. We were all happy with our former dynamic.