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 unibrow and moustache helps her while dating...
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
And one woman has shared her story.
Eldina Jaganjac, a tutor from Copenhagen, has decided to embrace her facial hair.
She decided enough was enough and stopped hair removal back in March 2020.
And she's loving the results.
"Before I let my unibrow grow out, I did feel like there were extremely limited options to how women were supposed to look."
"If a man doesn't shave and doesn't pluck his eyebrows, no one notices or comments and it's nothing out of the ordinary," she explains.
"Just like many other women, I have learned to police myself."
"For instance, I used to not feel comfortable going outside unless my eyebrows were the accepted small size, and I wouldn't go to the gym unless my legs were clean shaven."
"Now, I've chosen to focus on the tasks and goals that I need to have done and less on how I appear while doing them and whether people like me or not."
"Because I probably won't ever see them again, and if I do, I still don't care."
She even thinks her facial hair helps her weed out conservative men and find more suitable dates.
Well, that's one way to do it!
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