By Daniella Djiogan
I just recently came across this article on cnn news about a feminist named Xiao Meili, who started an armpit photo contest in order to promote gender equality. Her reasoning was that women shouldn’t be forced by society to shave off their armpit hair, instead, they should embrace it if they so choose to. This got me thinking a lot about the countless times I shave in order to appear “as a woman” to society.
Hairy armpit and legs = no No NO!
Smooth Shaved armpit and legs= yes Yes YES!
We women have hair, lots of it everywhere. And to be rid of it, we use hair removal cream, wax, razor, etc.
I suspect some guys don’t even know that women can be hairy. They probably think we were born with no hair. All they see is the after work, the output of our work… their ideal representative of a woman, not the one week no shave hairy un-ideal woman.
Society has made us believe that a woman is supposed to shave in order to be attractive, while the same doesn’t apply for men. All they have to do is shave their beards, which again is not a requirement but an optional choice.
So, I do understand why some feminist would stop shaving in order to make a point. Certain characteristics shouldn’t define us as women. We should be free to do as we please with our bodies.