There seems to be a lot of controversy on social media about armpit hair on women at the moment which is actually getting me quite angry. I’ve seen the words “disgusting” and “gross” used to describe women with armpit hair and I am actually horrified that people are dragging women down instead of empowering them.
Madonna posted a picture at New Year with her daughter and instead of people thinking it was a nice photo of a woman with her daughter, they criticized Madonna’s daughter for keeping armpit hair. Some people even thought that Madonna did it to gain attention through controversy. My question is, what exactly is wrong with women keeping armpit hair?
As a feminist and a woman who only shaves when she wants to, I feel somewhat defensive on this matter. How is hair that grows naturally on the body “disgusting” or “gross”? I realise that it doesn’t fit in with societal norms, but we’re in 2018 now. Do I actually have to remind you that WE created the “normal” vision for a woman you expect everyone to abide by? Do I have to remind you that it’s anything but natural to remove all hair from the body? Does it really matter? If a woman feels comfortable and confident in her body, let her be comfortable and confident, don’t drag her down over something so trivial.
The fact that body hair is causing so much controversy baffles me. Surely we have more important things in the world to be worrying about than whether a celebrity has shaved or not. It doesn’t even directly affect our lives, so why are people so upset about it? With social media being so accessible it gives everyone an opinion, this causes arguments and those arguments create unnecessary controversies such as this one. Unfortunately I think that negativity will always be a part of social media, there is nothing we can do about that. However I do think we can change societal norms.
From a feminist point of view I don’t see why in 2018 woman are still having to fight for equality. There is no problem in us voting or working in managerial positions, but god forbid we have BODY HAIR. The thing that angers me the most is that it’s the women who have the issue with it when they know how much work it takes to upkeep traditional female appearances. Instead of saying mean things, let other women live their lives. What happened to “Girl Power”? Women supporting women? Here’s the deal. Men don’t care, it’s women hating on other women that is causing this controversy.
I have armpit hair and I’m proud of that. I haven’t shaved my legs in months and I’m proud of that to. I am proud of me as a person and I will fight for body hair to become normal. I guess it takes my generation to be the one to take a stand for body image and make everyone feel accepted. Women, you are all beautiful no matter what size or shape you are. No matter how little or how much body hair you have. No matter what you wear. You are accepted by me. It’s time for us to make a change. Millennials, stop hiding in the shadows. Stand up and share your opinion. It’s the only way we can make a difference. It’s #timeforchange