Woman Says She Feels 'Sexier Than Ever' After Ditching Razor | 22 Words

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.

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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.

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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...

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Or being harassed by complete strangers in the street.

This can be something as "minor" as being catcalled in the streets...

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It's still harassment and it still makes so many women feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

But whatever it is...

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Women being made to feel scared, helpless, and intimidated by men is not okay.

It has been happening for way too long.

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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...

And they've also been standing up against it and calling out those responsible - including some very famous faces.

It doesn't matter who you are...

You have every right to speak up and say no to being treated in such a terrible and dehumanizing way.

​But control isn't always physical.

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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...

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."