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This really should have been a Grind My Gears post, but I made this before my Grind My Gears blog even existed, and I don't want to remake this entry since it has comments on it.

Why are long eyelashes a feminine feature?


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Long, thick, full eyelashes are so universally understood as being a feminine feature. When animators want to differentiate two otherwise identical cartoon characters, they add lashes to the female. If you see two identical characters, one with long lashes, and one without, there's no question which one is female. But why? Men don't have eyelashes now? In point of fact, many men have long, thick, full eyelashes. Me, for example. My hairdresser, who is female, is envious of my lashes and often comments on them, saying things like, "guys always get the good ones." The brother of a good friend of mine has lashes so long that his family teases him about them. I do not believe that lash length/density has any correlation whatsoever with sex. So why is it so universally thought to be feminine?

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Because it inherently adds a certain feminine slant to the eye (the other major thing that determines the 'femininity' of the eye is the size, women's are slightly larger on average) regardless of whether you're a male or a female. I also have longer lashes than some of my female friends. Besides, features are mix and match. Some women have broad shoulders, some men have tapering waists (another feminine feature I have), etc. These features are more associated with the biology of one sex versus another. Doesn't mean the other gender can't have them.

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Pony biological cues =/= human biological cues. She is irrelevant to the discussion.

 

inb4 you say Rarity is always relevant

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That's a good question. It might have to do with the fact that femininity is often shown through delicacy. For example, butterflies are often viewed as feminine creature, because of their beauty and fragility. Maybe long eyelashes are considered feminine for the same basic reason, they're a sign of beauty and they themselves are delicate. 

 

Does that make sense? I'm just kinda spitballin' here.

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Because it inherently adds a certain feminine slant to the eye (the other major thing that determines the 'femininity' of the eye is the size, women's are slightly larger on average) regardless of whether you're a male or a female. I also have longer lashes than some of my female friends. Besides, features are mix and match. Some women have broad shoulders, some men have tapering waists (another feminine feature I have), etc. These features are more associated with the biology of one sex versus another. Doesn't mean the other gender can't have them.

 

This seems plausible as well.

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Pony biological cues =/= human biological cues. She is irrelevant to the discussion.

 

inb4 you say Rarity is always relevant

RARITY IS ALWAYS RELEVANT :angry:

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I read this hoping for a mention of Rarity. I didn't get one.

 

I am disappoint. 

Lol.  I'm sorry.  Just for the record, I do love Rare.  Although I was kind of disillusioned when I found out she wears false lashes.  I mean, she's doesn't need to--she's gorgeous anyway.  But it was just...idk...disillusioning.

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