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Austin, TX 2014

The casual disgust so many people express about women’s body hair often goes unchecked. It’s time to address that.

Here are a few ways how:

1. Change the Way We Talk About Growing Up

When we talk about puberty and body changes, be sure to mention that boys and girls both develop more hair on their legs, arms, faces, stomachs, chests, and around the genitals. There is no need to differentiate between the places males and females can get hair.

Additionally, present body hair removal as an option for girls, not a requirement.

Moms who shave may want to think about the message they are sending their daughters. This doesn’t mean you need to change your whole aesthetic, but figure out a way to address the issue thoughtfully.

2. Question Popular Culture

If popular culture is to be believed, the proper response to a woman’s body hair is either horror or humor. As a result, jokes about women with body hair abound.

Very occasionally, they get it right (think Liz Lemon finally revealing her Tom Selleck ‘stach on 30 Rock). But usually they don’t (think just about every other sitcom ever).

So at the risk of being called a humorless feminist, I say it’s time to question how funny these tropes actually are.

3. Try Growing Some

If you have never let your body hair grow out, take up Professor Fahs’ challenge to grow it out and see how things go.

Maybe you’ll be fine with (or even prefer) body hair if given the chance to actually get up close and personal with some.

4. Educate Yourself

There are myriad reasons why women don’t shave.

Plenty of women live in communities where shaving isn’t expected or seen as the most attractive options. Some women have medical conditions that make hair removal prohibitive.

Others refrain from removing hair for cultural or religious reasons.

And some women don’t shave because they find the standard to be arbitrary and simply prefer not to.

Understanding why some women choose not to shave can help you to put body-hair-shaming into context and understand why it isn’t a fair judgment to make.

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@SprATX Collective, 2014