A couple of weeks ago there was a big discussion going on over here in Sweden. What about you ask? Hair. Or rather, hair in your armpits. To specify; hair in women’s armpits because that’s very different to hair under a man’s arms.
During our national contest to decide which song/artist is sent to the Eurovision Song Contest we had a live show for the last one and when the winner was announced the camera did a sweeping move over the overjoyed audience.
As they did so for a brief moment we saw a happy woman cheering with her arms up in the air, and she hadn’t shaved her armpits. Some crafty gentleman shortly made a Facebook group where he posted a stills creen of this woman where he basically made fun of her for not shaving. He was joined by hundreds, if not thousands of people agreeing – all making fun of this woman for not shaving. Calling her ugly and disgusting, among many other things.
I find the fact that so many people find it okay to heckle and make fun of another human being like that rather appalling.
All because she has the “audacity” to not shave her armpits.
First of all, whether someone shaves or not is their personal business as far as I’m concerned. Shave, don’t shave – I don’t care. The whole shaving debate is overdone a lot of times where there are people like me who don’t care, and others who think a “true feminist” has to not shave. Here’s the deal, some feminists shave, some don’t. Some non-feminsts shave, some don’t.
Some people have tried to make a counter action and they created a Facebook group where various women post photos of their hairy armpits. As you can imagine they are being quite heavily verabally abused.
Some of the arguments put forward.. or arguments.. statements in some cases.. really frustrate me, because they’re either not right or they’re nothing but a personal opinion, not based on facts. Or based on the idea that the “rules” are different for men and women.
“Hair under your arms makes you unfresh and disgusting.”
I find this one interesting because apparently it only applies to women. There’s not a single time that I can recall where someone has accused a man for being unclean/unfresh/disgusting for not shaving under the arms. Why would a woman be, if a man is not?
“Men are discriminated against too! If we have a beard we can’t get a job in some service related professions.”
Right, because that’s comparable. Come back the day that someone makes a facebook group with a photo of a bearded man in an audience going “OMG LOOK HE’S SO DISGUSTING”
“Disgusting. No one will fuck you.”
Because every woman’s most important desire is to be fuckable by every man, right? Sorry, but if you’re turned off by a little bit of hair, don’t hang out in a Facebook group like this. There are plenty of women who do shave, get one of them and keep your opinions to yourself.
I’m not arguing about whether you should shave or not, but I think it should be something that every person should be able to decide themselves. Without the fear of being shamed for it.
(I had more to say on the subject but I feel like I’m not necessarily making myself clear, and I’m too tired/headachy to be able to formulate myself better.)