10 days ago
LET’S TALK LEG HAIR 🤗
What with the plus size nike mannequin saga going on, it’s really got me thinking about what we still see as taboo for women when it comes to public representations of the female body.
I haven’t shaved my legs in at least a year and I don’t know if I ever will again. Yet, whenever I’m close to or intimate with another person - male, female, or otherwise - I find myself conscious of what they’ll think if and when they see.
This doesn’t just come from nowhere, in fact, a recent conversation with someone I used to be acquainted with went as follows:
Them: (noticing my hairy legs) Oooh, sexy
Me: was that sarcasm?
Them: (laughing) yeah, obviously
Now, I’m actually quite ashamed and disappointed in myself for not having responded to that comment (why is leg hair so “obviously” not sexy?), but it took me aback so much that I was left stunned and speechless.
Everyone has the right to be attracted or unattracted to other people’s’ features (in fact, I’m pretty sure most people’s attractions are against their will) BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to make those opinions outwardly known.
Unfortunately we’re still in a position where a large portion of society doesn’t know how to react to hairy women, feminine men, plus size bloody mannequins and the list continues... I don’t blame that individual for their comments, so blatantly derived from a long history of misogyny and gender stereotypes that they even felt it acceptable to make such comments to the person with whom the comment offends. I just wish I could’ve used that moment to educate. So instead, I’m doing it in this post.
This image is normal.
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