6 posts tagged body hair
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Where would a woman have to come from to have that much body hair naturally?
Not trying to sound like an asshole, this photo is lovely, I am just genuinely curious.Hi there! Thanks for the compliment. :) I was born in the US and am a pretty vast mixture of different ethnicities, mostly European. The biggest chunk (1/4) and the heritage I feel the most connected to is Italian. My grandfather’s side of the family comes from Bari and Calabria in Southern Italy. :) Honestly, through my Body Hair Aware project, I have learned that (as I suspected) male pattern body hair on women is far more common than most people know because most of the women who have it hide and/or remove it with regularity and rarely discuss it. You would be amazed by the number of women (from many different backgrounds and ethnicities) who have messaged me who also have a great deal of body hair - even chest hair. It’s something humanity has rejected for so long, many people don’t even know it exists. I find this and the psychology behind it vastly intriguing.
I love you, Tango ♥
[ photo is a person laying in a bathtub, looking to the side and smiling. they have armpit hair, chest hair, leg hair, a happy trail and thick pubic hair. ]
you see this?
it’s called a razor
if you’re a girl, USE IT
your hairy legs and armpits aren’t cute okay
you’re not helping out for woman’s rights or anything
YOU’RE JUST MAKING YOURSELF LOOK NASTY
Women have been socialized to believe that they must remove hair for a number of reasons, primarily the following:
- hair is historically and Biblically associated with power; we as a patriarchal culture are obsessed with keeping hair on men (facial hair, Hair Club for Men, hair plugs, whatever) and keeping it off women. You say hair on women is nasty; why is it only hair on women? Women and men have the same pubic hair. We all grow it out of our follicles for the same reason. Why is it only gross on women?
- women’s bodies have been considered the property of men since the dawn of time, and therefore we have been held to a standard of beauty and attractiveness that is not determined by us but is instead determined by something called the male gaze, which is erases all sexualities and genders other than cisgender heterosexual men and assumes that women are performing for it.
- childlike women are considered less “threatening” and more “feminine” because they are naive, quiet, and rely on ~*adult men*~ to take care of them.
- there is a fallacy about pubic hair that it is dirty. It is not dirty. In fact, it’s there to keep your genitals cleaner. Pubic hair and armpit hair are also there to spread your pheromones around and make it easier for you to attract a mate.
- all mammals have hair. We’re mammals.
- No one else’s body is your business. Ever. You want to shave? Go ahead! That’s totally your prerogative and if you’re more comfortable shaving, feel free. But given that pubic hair isn’t innately dirty, there’s no reason for anyone to remove it if they don’t want to.
You’re not sending out some edgy, hardcore message here. You’re just reinforcing what our culture wants you to reinforce. Before you pick up that razor again, think about why you want to shave. Is it just because our culture told you to? Why’d they tell you to? What’s the point?
Do what makes you comfortable and what makes you happy, and let others do the same.
Living up to your url, Khaleesi.
Back in the day I was like, “yo, about pubic hair,” on my personal blog, and occasionally it still gets picked up and makes the rounds and I gain some followers and also some random anon trolls and can’t figure out why.
This comment made me look at this post again because of LOLs and I realized it has 30,000 notes. WTF?!
The moral of the story is don’t let anybody police your goddamn body hair, and also, apparently getting mad about pubic hair makes people agree you are NOT A QUEEN, BUT A KHALEESI.
I have begun Full-Shave November.
This is fucking awful. HOW DO YOU DO THIS????
I was in the shower shaving for like… 45 minutes, and I STILL had to forgo shaving one of my legs because I was concerned I was running late for lunch (it turns out I wasn’t, but whatever).
I also ruined my razor, because I didn’t think to trim any of my hair first, but that’s okay.
Also look at all that fucking hair. There’s so much of it. I had no idea I had that much hair on me.
Tomorrow I will shave my left leg and run clean-up on basically everywhere else (it’s pretty patchy).
Aren’t you supposed to grow a mustache? what the fuck is full shave november.
The opposite of No Shave November. Lots of women get flak for participating in No Shave November and letting their body hair grow out (I can’t find the post with a bunch of screencapped tweets about it, but this is the next best thing), but the vast majority of guys (myself included) have absolutely no idea what a pain feeling like you have to shave your body hair is like. So, for the entirety of the month, I will be shaving my legs, chest, and armpits on a regular basis (as well as my usual regimen of shaving my face).
This idea. I like it. Another.
Thanks to morphemes for submitting this terrible ad that I busted with joy.
this stuff is actually called a virgin wax… pageant moms sometimes do it for their girls, if you start waxing soon enough before the pubic hair becomes coarse (when kids are little they just have a slight fuzz) then the pubic hair won’t grow in at all.
this is a thing.
parents do this to their little girls.
this quote from Caitlin Moran sums up my thoughts quite well.
“…it saddens me that 13 year old girls are spending what little money they have on getting their foofs stripped. They should be spending that money on the really important stuff: hair dye, tights, Jilly Cooper paperbacks, the Guns N’ Roses back catalogue, the poems of Larkin, KitKats, Thunderbird 22, earrings that make your ears go green and septic, and train tickets as far away from your home town as you can possibly afford. TAKE YOUR FURRY MINGE TO DUBLIN, that’s what I say.”
That sound you hear is me punching myself repeatedly in the face out of sheer unadulterated rage.
A choice is a choice. Don’t hate for those that like it smooth. Don’t hate those that like it natural. Not your body, not your choice.
I’m sorry but if I have to maintain standards for oral then I have standards for oral no pre1990s
Then don’t go down on a women with more hair or don’t date one. I know people that won’t date a guy if he has a beard.
It’s not a law that you have to mutilate what is natural on your body. Some like it bare and some like it hairy.
I hate it when this happens
I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT I WANT WITH MY BODY
yes, yes you do
that doesn’t mean that images like this ^^ that don’t criticize anyone in particular but are merely pointing out societal norms and trends, are being oppressive or unfair.
the fact that the closer towards equality women get, the more oppressive are the standards of beauty is SOMETHING WORTH POINTING OUT AND TAKING NOTE OF.
no, wanting to be ‘bare down there’ is not a horrible thing in and of itself but seen as a larger social NORM where straight men*/boys* can’t even fathom pubic hair much less leg hair and armpit hair… where women* are made to feel less than if they do not conform to these standards…
there is nothing wrong with getting rid of your body hair and making the conscious choice to do so, THAT DOES NOT MEAN that societal norms that lead many people to conform to these standards and feel less than if they don’t are free from criticism.
Society views body hair ON WOMEN (not men) as disgusting, dirty, unhygienic, and unpretty.
Just on women, mind you. On men, if you’re not at least a little hairy you’re effeminate, which of course is Very Bad.
I think this is bullshit! Because first of all, EVERYONE HAS BODY HAIR BECAUSE WE ARE MAMMALS, and second, IT’S ONLY UNCLEAN IF YOU DON’T SHOWER (at which point none of you is clean and there are bigger problems than your body hair). It doesn’t make you more or less ~womanly to shave. You should do what makes YOU feel comfortable, and leave everyone else alone.
Slightly tangential, but in my opinion it has to do with power. Hair on men has always been a sign of power in the Western world - hell, there are stories that equate hair with power all over the damn place. And back in ye olden days, you weren’t really A Man if you couldn’t grow some sweet facial hair. Even now there are products marketed to women that basically implore us to smear chemicals on our skin, and often very sensitive parts of our skin (like our face or our genitals) in order to REMOVE THAT HORRIBLE MANY-MAN HAIR NO ONE WILL FIND YOU BEAUTIFUL EVER BECAUSE YOU HAVE SOME FACIAL HAIR ON YOUR UPPER LIP OH MY GOD IT’S SO MANLY. Whereas there are products aimed at men to restore their thinning hair because OH MY GOD HOW COULD YOU LOSE YOUR HAIR DON’T YOU KNOW YOUR HAIR IS EQUATED TO YOUR VIRILITY?!
It’s fucked up, man.
And the best way to fight it? Ignore it. Do with your body what you wanna do. For instance, today I felt like shaving my armpits, so I did — but I haven’t shaved my legs in like, weeks. I have a feminist friend who shaves every single day, because otherwise she just doesn’t feel comfortable. Do what makes you happy. Just make sure you’re aware of societal pressures that might be influencing those feelings, and never hate on anyone else for their choices.