Ulta Beauty Podcast on Girlhood Features 2 Biological Males, No Women

Last week, Ulta Beauty sparked controversy when she invited transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, a biological man in transition, to be a podcast guest on the episode “The Beauty of… Girlhood.”

in one clip From the hour-long episode that circulated around the internet, Mulvaney recounts the many aspirations of becoming a mother and raising children.

“Now I know I can find love. I know I can still be a performer. I know I can have a family. I want to be a mom someday, and I absolutely can,” Mulvaney tells Gender Fluid host, celebrity makeup artist David Lopez. “And so the narrative has a long way to go because when I was mourning the loss of boy Dylan, I didn’t know those things were even accessible to me.”

The two LGBTQ+ people — both biological men — spoke about Mulvaney’s transition journey, which has been extensively documented with a daily TikTok series chronicling “Days of Girlhood” through Mulvaney’s comments on periods, surgeries, emotions and shopping.

The podcast is part two of a digital campaign by Ulta, a cosmetics retail chain, to redefine beauty norms: The first podcast episode is “The Beauty of…Fatness”. The discussion between Mulvaney and Lopez about girlhood didn’t sit well with the retailer’s predominantly female clientele, many of whom reacted with outrage, saying the company makes fun of women.

When asked for comment, Ulta Beauty The Washington Stand gave its official response to the pushback: “The premise of ‘The Beauty of…’ is to show conversations that expand the lens around traditional standards of beauty. We believe that beauty is for everyone. And while we recognize that some of the conversations we have challenge perspectives and opinions, we believe constructive dialogue is an important way to move beauty forward.

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“The intersectionality of gender identity is nuanced, something that David and Dylan acknowledge in the episode. Regardless of how someone identifies, they deserve our respect.”

Ulta has disabled comments on Mulvaney’s episode and on social media.

As outrage spreads, many women are calling out #BoycottUlta, a trending topic on Twitter that has disgruntled customers vowing to take their business elsewhere. Some have even used the hashtag #womanfacecompares biological males dressing up like females to donning blackface.

“That’s two adults,” one Twitter user answered. “It’s very creepy to hear her talk about being a girl when nobody has ever experienced it.” Another tweeter echoed“Two men doing a podcast called ‘The Joy of Girlhood’ is the definition of mansplaining.”

“Two grown men told real women what it’s like to be a girl as if they had some earthly intuition,” says conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted. “It has nothing to do with beauty. It’s insane and it’s insulting.”

A lot tweets lashed out at Ulta’s campaign to redefine beauty, with many echoing this sentiment: “Why didn’t you hire a woman? We’re your primary target market, aren’t we? #BoycottUlta.”

Jennifer Bauwens of the Family Research Council, director of the Center of Family Studies, told The Washington Stand she was concerned about the message Ulta is sending to young women about girlhood.

“I think what’s sad is how young girls are [are being told] that if they just change or create a new self, they can find happiness and create any image they want. This is indeed a false reality. And it’s so unhealthy and encourages distancing from who we really are. In the short term, it can look pretty. But in the long run it’s very destructive — psychologically, spiritually, and certainly physically, with some of the processes associated with transgender ideology.”

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“I think we’re seeing a real shift in the polls and we’re seeing people not accepting transgender ideology. And as much as it continues to be pushed by various companies and political figures, the general public is wondering what on earth is going on and what this dissociation of reality is all about,” continued Bauwens. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll found that despite growing tolerance of transgender identifiers, an overwhelming majority of respondents believe that biological males are separated from women’s spaces, such as B. women sports teams should be kept away.

Bauwens says the backlash against Ulta indicates majority public opinion. “I think … the gut reaction is, ‘That’s not right. That will not lead us on the path of health, of a healthy society.’”

Ulta’s Girlhood podcast isn’t the first time a biological male has been chosen to represent women in the culture’s final years.

Caitlyn Jenner was named Glamor Magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year. Rachel Levine, nominated by the Biden Department of Health and Human Services, was one of USA Today’s 12 “Women of the Year” this year. College swimmer Lia Thomas clinched the NCAA win in the women’s 500-yard dash with the fastest time of the season, earned a D-1 title and an NCAA Woman of the Year Award nomination. Last summer, Kataluna Enriquez won the Miss Nevada USA 2021 title and competed as a biological male at Miss USA. In 2021, both the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and Vogue featured biological men who identify transgender people as cover models.

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This article first appeared on The Washington Stand

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