Being hairy. Am I lazy, a feminist or a lazy feminist?
So I was recently trying to make my first Vlog. I plucked up the courage to go out and film myself in public, rushed home, downloaded the footage and jumped into Adobe Premiere Pro. Apart from the fact, the wind deafened the audio, and you could hardly hear my voice the second thing I noticed was … I have very hairy armpits. I had forgotten to shave.
Should I reshoot the video? No. For many reasons including I believe vlogging is an honest reaction to things in your life. Therefore reshooting would call for me to act through the day again. But also why should I? I hadn’t purposefully shaved and would feel a fraud trying to pass this forgetfulness off as empowered feminism.
I know there is a “growing” (forgive the pun) movement of women who openly bare their hair and are very proud of it, but I also know that these women go through a lot of backlash from the growing tribe of internet trolls. But despite the negativity one in four young women are now ditching the razor. Are you one of them? Even accidentally like me?
Equally, I feel proud that my laziness also shows that I do not feel pressured or expected to shave. I have bare armpits pretty much every day. Especially when I go to the gym, yet don’t rush to the bathroom to tidy myself up. The same would probably go for my lower leg, except I always wear long leggings because it’s my preference and what I feel suits my body best. But saying I did throw on a pair of shorts it would be more than likely that I hadn’t shaved in over two weeks. Whether my friends and gym buddies are too polite to say or don’t notice, I feel hopeful that the expectation of women to look perfect in and out of the gym is slowly shifting.
Hairy in the Gym
For me the gym is somewhere I want to feel relaxed, comfortable but also accepted. Being part of a gym that encourages a positive body culture is a total must and something your much more likely to find at your local gym than a more significant corporate gym such as a Bannatyne or Nuffield. I have to shout out to my current local gym FitnessWorx and my home gym gfitstudio for creating a positive environment!
I could finish this blog by pointing to famous world-conquering superstars such as Madonna or Lady Gaga who have temporarily at some points in their careers embraced the odd hairy armpits. But for a truly inspiring and honest account of living with body hair, you should follow Happy and Hairy. A body hair positive account that openly calls out that her body hair isn’t for your weird fetish but is due to PCOS. Her journey to accepting her body hair wasn’t overnight, and neither does yours.
How does your body hair make you feel? Are you naturally hairy or bare as a baby’s bottom? Have you experienced negativity when you don’t shave? Let me know! Also if you want to know more about me why not pop to my about section. See who I am and why I created Gym & Cocoa.