Student Op-Ed: Some Eyebrows Are Cultural Appropriation

Katherine Timpf

National Review

27th January 2017

According to a piece written by a student at Louisiana State University, white women styling their eyebrows to make them look fuller is an example of cultural appropriation. “Current American eyebrow culture also shows a prime example of the cultural appropriation in the country,” Lynne Bunch writes in a piece for the Daily Reveille, the school’s official student newspaper. “The trend right now is thick brows, and although a lot of ethnic women have always had bushy, eyebrows, it has only become trendy now that white women have started to do it.

” Now, first of all, I have certainly seen white women who have naturally thick eyebrows without the use of any kind of makeup. Second of all, they’re eyebrows. If you want to paint your eyebrows to look thicker, fine! If you want to bleach them or dye them pink or shave one or both of them off, fine! Who cares? Well, apparently Bunch does, and it’s not just thick brows that she has a problem with.

In the piece, she also complains about women who bleach their brows or go for what she calls the “no eyebrow look,” because it’s offensive to women who have light or no brows “because of sickness, disorders or their natural eyebrow hair color [appearing] nearly invisible. ” “Eyebrow culture is too intense and too unforgiving, and a person’s beauty should be defined by the individual, not by what society considers trendy,” Bunch concludes. This conclusion is, of course, laughably ironic.

After all, if, as Bunch says, “a person’s beauty should be defined by the individual,” shouldn’t people be allowed to decide what to do with their own damn eyebrows, without having to worry about a citation from the PC police? I’m not unsympathetic to the fact that there are people out there struggling with various difficulties, however, I still can’t help but feel like this piece falls into the category of “I Am Looking for Something to Complain About to Prove That I Am More Culturally Aware Than You Are. ” Throughout her piece, Bunch repeatedly complains about society focusing too much on what women’s eyebrows look like — and perhaps (just perhaps!) she might want to consider that she herself should stop doing exactly that.,.

 

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