Friday, January 17, 2014
The Joy Of Grooming
I like to groom. Perhaps that's because I associate it with female life and was forbidden from doing almost any of it when I was younger. In the past, taking care of your body was considered effeminate. It's why cosmetic companies have tried and repeatedly failed to get men interested in grooming products. (Yes, there are a few rare men who do groom, but they're ridiculed as "metrosexual" or mocked as effeminate.)
In the last decade, I've given myself permission to play with all sorts of grooming. Shaving everywhere, moisturizing and using lotion, tweezing and plucking, etc. And I enjoy it. There's a zen-like state one can enter when focusing on our corporeal physicality. And repetitive tasks, while boring to some, can open one's mind to potent pondering. (The closest I came to that in my youth was joyous philosophizing which emerged, without effort, when mowing lawns.)
It's also fun and creative to play with new grooming products. The selection of female beauty products seems infinite compared to the handful available to men. My friend Emma gave me a Birchbox subscription for Christmas which I'm enjoying immensely.
Do you feel good about grooming?