Yes, Women Have Body Hair, So Why Do People Still Freak Out Over It?

When Amber Rose released her half-naked Slut Walk announcement photo on Instagram, it seems the whole internet took a big gasp before launching into a plethora of opposing arguments.

There was plenty of talk about whether or not the semi-nude photo was truly a feminist act to champion female body hair or aploy to drive up participate for her Slut Walk coming up in October. You can peep the photo that caused outrage, here, on Roses Twitter page.

It Was Both, As Corroborated By Amber Rose.

She clearly promoted the Slut Walk on her social media platforms and also referencedthe photo in another Instagram post with a hashtag that read bring back the bush.

The Daily Mails Piers Morgan Was Especially Vocal About The Photo

He asked her to put it away, which led to a fiery exchange between him and Rose.

Other Critic Wrote Off Her Hair As Nasty And Distasteful

The Conversation About Body Hair Has Historically Been More Restrictive For Women Than Men

Despite the fact that pubic hairs biological purpose istokeep the pelvic area protective and clean, sexist societal standards implore females are fully clean-shaven on their vaginas and other areas of the body.

The only place deemed acceptable for a woman to have hair seems to be her head and there, the mainstream predilection is long, sleek, and straight.

Women have long been resisting these unrealistic expectations, with many of them posting photo dedications to their body hair even before Amber Roses internet-breaking vag reveal.

Remember Laura De, the model who was bullied on Facebook for starring in a photo series about body hair was shot dead by Florence Lecloux? She was called a slut and anti-feminine for the photos.

Thenthere was the body-positive model, Paris Jackson, who had to address haters on her Instagram storywhocriticized her armpit hair in March, according to Refinery 29.

Jackson said,

I didnt realize that people were going to get so upset over my armpit hair. I didnt realize that was such an issue. It is so funny. People are mad.I wish I could post some of these responses. You can just tell how angry and angered these people are

I love hair, and sweat, and BO. I fucking love it, I think its great. Some people think that its like super disgusting, especially on daughters, but every human body does it. Its natural. Get over it.

Popular illustrator, Lalonie Davis, also shared a photo of her body hair in March and was greeted withplenty of trolling, including instructions to commit suicide.

The body hair conversation goes beyond aesthetics, as the expectation is just another way for our culture to police women bodies.As Lalonie pointed out, the passion behind people favor girls to be clean-shaven as a symbol of femininity is merely rooted in misogyny.

This is especially evident by the fact that Twitter trolls would seemingly instead a womancommit suicide than to go against physical beauty standards that attain them uncomfortable.

Suchhair criteria also reject the fact that happens and women merely might be too busy living “peoples lives” to shave every single day. And even if a woman has all of the free time imaginable, the requirement is still dehumanizingbecause selection is still taken out of the equation.

This hair conversation may seem like a small thing to a giant feminist movement, but it matters because it centers the power of thatchoice.

Women should be able to have hair, shave hair, gain weight, lose weight, dress scantily or conservatively and all without public commentary on why doing so lessens the value of their womanhood.

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