Women are fighting the stigma of body hair and we're living for the trend.
But one woman's story has really caught people's attention after she revealed embracing her hairy chest makes her feel sexy...
There's absolutely no denying that women have been subjected to impossible standards set by men in society.
From near to impossible body standards, to make-up, to hairstyles and clothing, it seems as though the pressure on women to look a certain way has always favored male opinion. And while times are changing, women are still subjected to abuse for their decisions.
Not to mention in other areas of society too.
According to global estimates by the World Health Organisation, around 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from their male peers - that makes up about thirty-five percent of the population of women.
This varies from women being trapped in their own homes by their partners...
via: GettyOr being harassed by complete strangers in the street.
This can be something as "minor" as being catcalled in the streets...
via: GettyIt's still harassment and it still makes so many women feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
But whatever it is...
via: GettyWomen being made to feel scared, helpless, and intimidated by men is not okay.
It has been happening for way too long.
But the younger generation has started to speak out about this unnecessary violence and control.
Since the spark of the #MeToo movement back in 2017, women have been speaking out about their experiences of harassment and abuse from men...
📣 It’s time to center survivors in the conversation on sexual violence. Do you agree? Join the next… https://t.co/9lGdV6JMDb— me too. (@me too.)1598624704.0
It doesn't matter who you are...
Men who face #metoo are restrained from sharing experiences due to toxic masculinity. I stand with all men who hav… https://t.co/QwY5XVlzRH— پربھا ਪ੍ਰਬਾ (@پربھا ਪ੍ਰਬਾ)1600964030.0
But control isn't always physical.
For generations now, women have been on the receiving end of backlash over what is a natural occurrence: body hair.
They have been conditioned to believe that something as simple as hair follicles are "disgusting."
And if you're a woman yourself, you'll know exactly how it feels to be shamed into removing every single strand of "undesirable" hair from your body.
But no more.
Some women are choosing to take control of their bodies by letting their natural hair grow out in places they would have otherwise shaved, such as the legs, arms, and armpits.
It seems to have been a topic of conversation for a while now...
Why are women so shamed for not shaving? It is just body hair. It is natural. If she wants to keep her hair, she should in peace without you shoving your internalized misogyny down her throat or comment section.— Moe (@Mochievous) January 17, 2021
good morning to women with dark/thick body hair i will hold ur hand and kiss u gently u are so so beautiful— Raphael's Grug-stink ❤️🧡💙💜(Jojo!) (@nordidia) January 11, 2021
Body hair is something I've struggled with since I hit puberty.— Bachelor Pinky: Current Future Corpse (@FemmeBrulee) January 17, 2021
I was never allowed to shave my legs.
I spent so much time plucking my armpit hair.
I was led to believe that hair on women was gross, not feminine, unhygienic.
Body hair is not the enemy.
Social conditioning is.
i can’t believe y’all really think that women having body hair is musty 😭 i hate y’all fr— ❤️ (@raiynx) January 12, 2021
normalize women having body hair and normalize it now ):<— YAMS ‼️ || IN LOVE WITH IBUKI (@IBUK1SWIF3) January 15, 2021
i don’t understand the Billie razor ads. they say “contrary to popular belief, women have body hair” and then proceed to market a razor to remove said body hair? thanks, i hate it.— Milly 🐝 Brown (@molly_witherbee) January 17, 2021
Do you believe that all ts women should have facial and body hair removal ?— hgfdsdf (@hgfdsdf11) January 11, 2021
And one woman has shared her story.
Esther Calixte-Bea, twenty-four, has a condition called Hirsutism, causing her to have a hairy chest.
"I come from the Wè tribe in Ivory Coast, Africa, and the women in my great grandmother's time were very hairy and it was seen as beautiful," she explains.
But thanks to Western beauty standards, she '"obsessively shaved" during school causing '"tremendous amounts of pain."
But she's decided enough is enough, and has thrown out the razor.
"It is the best thing I have ever done as I feel sexier and comfortable in my own skin."
"There is no medical explanation behind my hair - I am just a hairy person."
"I have recently learnt that the women on my father's side are quite hairy and it is perfectly normal."
"It has taken me most of my life for me to accept my body and embrace who I am."
"I became fed up with feeling insecure and shy. It was tiring carrying around a heavy burden and hiding my hair from people."
"I have received thousands of messages from women all over the globe who thought they were alone. I have shown them that facial and body hair is nothing to be ashamed of."
"If women weren't supposed to have hair, we wouldn't grow it. It is the society that tells us to shave."
"I have redefined beauty for myself and I no longer allow society to dictate it for me. I have decided what beautiful is for me."
"'I don't want hair to be an obstacle anymore. I refuse to victimise myself because of it."