also referred to as "stiletto feminism" or "slut feminism"
is a branch of feminism
in which it is not seen as contradictory to both be a feminist and to put on a show to attract men/women. Besides the acceptance of makeup that the title implies, lipstick feminists also do not find stripping
, pole dancing
, flashing, girl-on-girl
exhibitionism, or sometimes even glorification of prostitution
to be in conflict with feminism. Lipstick feminism also associates sex with power
and the power of sexual allure as power over men.
A more mild degree of lipstick feminism allows proponents to call themselves feminists while still wearing make-up, suggestive clothing such as short skirts, revealing tops, high heels, and other female-specific clothing and accessories usually shunned by more traditional feminists. Also, in milder forms it allows for a feminism that is in favor of equality under the law, equal pay, and other concrete demands for gender equality, but does not take issue with the effect of modern media and culture on gender relations. Many feminists see lipstick feminism as a contradictory philosophy in which women willingly objectify themselves while calling it empowerment.
In Popular Culture
- In "Night Five," the 57th episode of The West Wing, there is a scene where the merits of lipstick feminism are debated.