What comes to mind when you hear the word NATURAL? What does that word even mean anymore? Well lucky for you, I just googled it!
Natural: "existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind."
A simple enough explanation! Then why is it so interpretable in today's society? I personally, mainly see the word natural in regards to hair of the African American community. When a girl says she is "natural", it is assumed that her hair hasn't been processed by any chemicals. But what does THAT even mean? Sometimes I see naturally textured hair...but it's colored (which uses chemicals). Others may think that natural is simply no weave or extensions. At the end of the freakin day though, is anything REALLY 100% natural anymore? And should we even care?
In addition to the whole hair thing, there is a wide array of natural vs. unnatural debates going on in society. Hair is probably the simplest form however. Well, that and makeup. The term "natural makeup" has always been so funny to me. Seems like an oxymoron huh? I'm sure most girls can relate to this though. I admit it myself! I've told people that I wasn't wearing any makeup when in FACT I was wearing very light mascara and tinted moisturizer. It still counts as makeup people! Our society has become structured around the fact that hardly anything is natural anymore, and if we aren't atleast a little enhanced, we fade into the background of nothingness. It's EXPECTED for women to wear daily makeup, and for us to change our hair colors and textures. Why have we been brain washed to think like this? To the point where we think that light mascara and tinted moisturizer IS natural... when it clearly is not.
I'm no feminist, but if we all REALLY wanted to commit to the naturalness, we wouldn't be shaving certain areas either. We have hair there for a reason I'm sure. Our bodies were designed to protect us for the most part. To help us function. Maybe we really do need that hair on our legs and under our arms!
Another aspect of naturalness is the food we choose to eat. I feel as though in recent years, Americans have been getting much more health conscious about food in general. More organic stuff than I've ever SEEN has been popping up everywhere. And where the heck did kale even come from?? Anybody else think it just came out of the blue? Anywho, because of more documentaries and articles about all of the unnatural/harmful ingredients found in common food, everyone is on the quest to find the purest forms of ingestible sustenance. Maybe we should just start growing our own darn food! We'd know exactly where it came from. Anybody who would like to start a farm with me, please email!
In the media (which I really DO try to avoid), I also hear about tales of unnaturalness. Good ole' Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce (why the heck does this family keep finding it's way into my blogs??), has made tremendous headlines for becoming the opposite sex. Yes people, this is the news that makes headlines. Also more recently, good ole' Rachael made headlines as well when America discovered that she's been moonlighting as a black woman all her life.
Trying to think about ALL of the everyday things that aren't "natural" per say, is frankly giving me a headache!
Not trying to turn this into a religious thing, but I remember reading a quote from the Bible when I was a kid (which I also conveniently used pretty often when I was about to get spanked): "Let those without sin cast the first stone". Whom among us can truly say that they are living a completely natural life? Actually, probably some far off distant isolated tribe in the rainforest... but can anyone reading this? Who are we to throw stones at ANYONE for being "unnatural" in today's society? Even if all we do every morning is pluck our deranged eyebrows...it's still deception! Perfectly tamed eyebrows isn't who you NATURALLY are! Some changes are just more extreme, but that doesn't mean we should make such a huge deal about it. Let people live. Shave those legs, dye and straighten that hair, eat that GMO candy bar! If it makes you happy, go for it, who am I or anyone to stop you. BUT, can any of us really claim team natural in the end?....
p.s. I've actually always wanted a good long weave! But everyone keeps telling me they like my "natural" hair -___-
p.p.s. Seriously though, if I mention a Kardashian or Jenner in ANYMORE blogs, you have permission to slap me if you ever see me in person (lightly!)
p.p.p.s. I've also always wanted to go live on an island, Tom Hanks in Castaway style, and just never shave, wear makeup (or clothes), or comb my hair again. I think I'd be really happy!