Embracing Your Insecurities

By: Melissa Burciaga

At the beginning of the second episode of Lena Dunham’s podcast Women of the Hour, Lena read out some of the comments people leave on her twitter and they are horrible. Growing up, my mom always told me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all”. I understand that we have the right of free speech, but I just can’t see myself ever being able to write such hateful and hurtful things to people.

In this episode, Dunham discusses topics like weight, disability, makeup, transgender women, etc. This podcasts features several guests that speak about the topics that were previously mentioned. The guests offer their experiences with the topic being discussed, through this we are able to see the different perspectives that they have to offer.  In my opinion, Dunham’s objective for this podcast was for people, more importantly women, to stop being so judgmental towards people who are different. I also believe that she wants to uplift the spirits of women who have been portrayed as different by our culture and the media. I strongly believe that every women needs to listen to this episode of Dunham’s podcast. This is because this episode covers a variety of topics, therefore mostly all women will benefit from listening to it. The best thing about it is that it’s completely free and you get to feel better about yourself.

June Swift and Emma Stone were some of the guests on this episode of Dunham’s podcast. Dunham asked them the question, “How do I feel more confident without makeup?”. They both expressed that having acne has caused them to turn to makeup as a way to feel more confident. I have suffered from hormonal acne since I was fifteen, so I know firsthand that this can be an emotional struggle. I used to cover my acne with makeup thinking that it would blind my classmates from noticing my acne, but in reality my acne got worse and wearing makeup would make me have more breakouts. I made the decision to stop wearing makeup for about a year and my skin looked a million times better. Several years have gone by and my hormonal acne has come back again and again.

I woke up late for work one day and I had no time to put on makeup, although I was scared to go to work like this I knew that I didn’t have another option. I am normally a shy person, but that day I retrieved into my shell because I felt that people were only starring at my acne scars and pimples. After this initial adventure, I stopped wearing makeup to work. About a year has gone by since this initial decision and I have enjoyed seeing the reaction people have by my appearance. Through this I was able to find out that people treat me the same, regardless if I’m wearing makeup or not. Going makeup free to work has allowed me to gain a confidence that I was lacking when I was wearing makeup. I honestly don’t think that I would have ever gained this confidence if I didn’t make this decision. I encourage girls and women out there to try this for a few days and I can assure you that slowly, but surely your fears will start subsiding.

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