cosmetics for men

And this is just one of the many ways that misogyny affects men too. It’s a little thing called “Hypermasculinity”. Men can’t like ‘girly’ things because that makes them weak and gay apparently. Not that there is anything wrong with being weak or gay.

Break the binary.

PSA to all my friends binding this summer

It’s hard to compromise feeling safe and comfortable and not feeling like 100 degrees all the time with your binder on. However, I’ve found a small tip that can help at least with feeling sweaty and sticky in a binder! I bought powder deodorant from Lush (although I’ve not tested it, any powder deodorant would probably work). The stuff from Lush has a gender neutral scent and is very clean smelling, which is also a perk. Before I put my binder on, I sprinkle it on my chest and under my breasts/pecs/area/ (insert whichever terms you are comfortable with), and rub it in. Put your binder on and you’re good to go. It helps things stay dryer and less sticky and works for me for a good 8+ hours (and yes, I realize I wear my binder too much). Not a complete fix for the binding in the summer issue, but it has brought me some relief (in a house without AC) and just wanted to pass it on.

Stay golden all you beautiful humans. Much love and peace and happy vibes your way.

Did you never think, even once, that I loved lipstick and rouge for more than their color alone? I am a student of their lore, and it is arcane and hermetic beyond the dreams of alchemists. …Cosmetics are an extension of the will. Why do you think all men paint themselves when they go to fight?
—  Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
Gil Brodie Appreciation Week Headcanon Questions!

Feel free to either reblog with your responses or use this as an ask meme (and tag all your responses with #gilbrodieweek!). The Gil/Ryder components are totally optional!

  1. Imagine Gil as a Sim- what are his traits and aspiration?
  2. What do you think happened to Gil’s mother? What was his relationship like with her?
  3. What kind of jobs do you think Gil worked in the Milky Way? What in particular do you think caught Vetra’s attention and got her to recruit him?
  4. If Gil stayed in the Milky Way what do you think he would do during the war against the Reapers?
  5. How do you think Gil acts when he’s sick? If he’s dating Ryder, how do you think Ryder treats him when he is?
  6. What kind of animals do you think he’d keep as pets? What would he name them? If he’s dating Ryder, how would Ryder respond to Gil coming home with them?
  7. Gil’s clearly an expert poker player and an… interesting poet, but do you think he has other hobbies and skills?
  8. What scents does Gil prefer in his own cosmetics? On other men? (On Ryder?)
  9. What do you think a regular casual outfit looks like for Gil?
  10. Is Gil good at domestic stuff like cooking, cleaning, and baking? If he’s dating Ryder, how do they divvy up their tasks?
  11. Has Gil had many relationships in the past? Any specific details?
  12. What’s Gil’s favourite planet in the Milky Way? In Heleus?
  13. Where would he live in Heleus? If he’s dating Ryder, would he have to compromise and live somewhere else?
  14. If he was a squadmate, what powers and passives would he have? Who would he work best with?
  15. What members of the Tempest crew does he get along the best with?
  16. What members of the Tempest crew does he get along the worst with, Kallo aside?
  17. How does Gil react to Ryder returning with a severely damaged Nomad?
  18. Who is Gil most likely to nerd out with about tech and engineering? Any other things he might nerd out about?
  19. How does Gil deal with crushes? Does he have a crush on anyone in particular?
  20. Does he have preferences in the bedroom?
  21. Share a headcanon that doesn’t fit these questions!

Have fun and don’t be afraid to get creative with your responses! If you want, you can use these as prompts for drabbles and ficlets to answer these questions or you can just share your answers or you can do something else entirely!

Thanks to @sentinelviktorcullen for helping me out with some of these!