Unattainable Perfection

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TROPHY WIFE

Performing Femininity, LLC

MORE BY PERFORMING FEMININITY


  • A-LIST
  • ALWAYS EXTRA
  • AS IF!
  • BACK IN THE LIMO
  • BE ICONIC
  • BEAUTY MARKED
  • BEAUTY NAP
  • BETWEEN THE SEATS
  • BIKINI SO TEENY
  • BODICE GODDESS
  • BOLD BOUNDARIES
  • BON VOY-AGE
  • BOSS BABE
  • BOSS GLOSS
  • BUBBLES ONLY
  • BUTLER PLEASE
  • CLAMBAKE
  • CLASS ACT
  • CLOTHING OPTIONAL
  • CUTE AS A BUTTON
  • FISHNET STOCKINGS
  • FOREVER FAMILY
  • FOREVER YUMMY
  • FRILL SEEKER
  • GET PAID
  • GO GO GEISHA
  • GOING STEADY
  • GOOD KNIGHT
  • GUILTY PLEASURES
  • HAUTE TO TROT
  • HELLO PRETTY
  • HEROINE
  • HI MAINTENACE
  • HIGH CLASS AFFAIR
  • IN THE LOBBY
  • JUST GETTING STARTED
  • KILLER HEELS
  • LADY LIKE
  • LADY MILLIONAIRE
  • LAST NIGHTIE
  • LIGHTEN THE MOOD
  • LIKE A GIRL
  • LIMITED ADDICTION
  • LIMO-SCENE
  • LIQUID POWER
  • LIVING LEGEND
  • LOOT THE BOOTY
  • LUCKY DRESS
  • MAKE HER STORY
  • MAKE THE CUT
  • MASTER PLAN
  • MIND-FULL MEDITATION
  • NEED A VACATION
  • NICE IS NICE
  • NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
  • ON FLEEK
  • PICTURE PERFECT
  • PR STUNT
  • PRE-SHOW JITTERS
  • PRINCESS CHARMING
  • RISE UP
  • RULE BREAKER
  • RULE THE WORLD
  • SATURN IT UP!
  • SECRET STORY
  • SEXY DIVIDE
  • SHE’S PAMPERED
  • SHERIOUSLY STRONG
  • SHERO
  • SIGNATURE SMILE
  • SLAY ALL DAY
  • SMALL BUT MIGHTY
  • SMARTEASE
  • SORRY NOT SORRY
  • SPAGHETTI STRAP
  • SPIN THE BOTTLE
  • STAY CLASSY
  • STIRRING SECRETS
  • STOP, DROP & SHOP
  • STYLE IN EXCESS
  • SUGAR DADDY
  • SURROUNDED BY STUDS
  • TAKE THE REIGNS
  • TROPHY WIFE
  • TURN N’ POSE
  • UDON KNOW ME
  • WHERE’S MY CHAUFFER?
  • WICKED
  • WILD CARD
  • WIRE-LESS IS MORE
  • WITH THE BAND
  • YOU, ME & THE SEA

Published on February 19, 1963, The Feminine Mystique is widely credited for second-wave feminism in America. In the book, Betty Friedan describes “the problem that has no name” as the unhappiness felt by suburban housewives on account of their inability to live up to the feminine ideal. This problem was amplified by advertising. Ads depicted beautiful, smiling women in the kitchen, happy to be the domestic caregiver. Mid-century food trends are inherently linked to femininity.

Perfection Salad is named after an actual aspic recipe. The appeal of Jell-O salad was that it is a salad completely in control of itself. Taste was unimportant as long as it looked beautiful. The ubiquity of instant Jello-O should have meant less domestic labor, but society pressured women to add more work into the cooking process, so as not to be perceived as a lazy wife or uncaring mother. Elaborate Jello-O dishes were a physical representation of the pressure to perform femininity.

Jello-O salads have mostly fallen out of favor, but performing femininity has not. One means of performing femininity is wearing nail polish. From a young age, my mother stressed the importance of having “presentable” hands and unchipped nail polish. Nail polish names are amusing and absurd, but they reflect society’s impossible expectations of women. Women should be hyper-sexual yet innocent. Perfect yet carefree. Independent yet desirable to men.