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by Liz Barr
perfect bound, navy blue and forest green riso on peach marbled paper, 68p, 5"x7.5"
Liz Barr's second publication with GenderFail, Conditioner, looks at how the skincare and wellness industries have grown to inhabit the role of more dated beauty expectations--how dewy skin and perfect-but-effortless no-makeup makeup a la Glossier still play the same part in controlling and subjugating women. but Barr comes to a more complex conclusion--though these industries are just that, industries, built on a constructed and reinforced image of impossible beauty (synonymous with femininity) women can still find worth in the ritual, gentleness, sensuality of skin-and self-care.
"I guess I want the same things women have wanted for generations. I want my body to be allowed to be ugly without consequences. I want to stop punishing my body. ... But I also want to decorate my body. ... I want to feel like I look good, but I don't want it to matter. I want to take care of my body the best I can, and I want to have fun while I'm doing it. I want my body to feel more like a gift and less like a burden."