2018 - "A man of quality is not threatened by a woman of equality."
To anyone embracing their body hair and refusing to shave, this is for you.
Because until we have equal representation of bodies with AND without hair in the media, I will continue talking about body hair as a feminist issue.
And if body hair isn't important to you, that's ok! It's important to me and that doesn't make either of us bad feminists. Wherever your passions lie, I am in awe of you and I'm proud of you for fighting for things you believe in.
I know my body is extremely privileged. I have a different experience growing my leg hair out than so many other women do.
I've even been speaking with women who would absolutely NEVER stop shaving because society marginalizes them so much already. So adding another layer of "not adhering to beauty standards" is too stressful, and at times even a challenge to their safety. For these women, growing their body hair out could risk their jobs, their relationships, and maybe even their lives.
So if you ARE able to grow your hair out, please wear your hair with pride. Because people need to see body hair in real life. And science shows that the more people are exposed to things that make them uncomfortable, the more normalized and accepted these things will become.
So let's normalize body hair and keep on working towards creating a world where shaving is 100% OUR CHOICE, and not used as a social construct to help keep women and girls focused on their bodies instead of their lives and their futures.
Shave or don't shave, but support those who choose not to, because society still doesn't.
- A very privileged thin white woman whose words you don't have to listen to but if you do I hope they inspire you to fight for a woman's right to have total control of her hair and what she does with it without getting body shamed by society.