Written by Julianna Bonnett
Let’s talk about body hair. We’ve all got it, in fact, if you really think about it, the only part of your body that doesn’t have body hair is your palms, soles of your feet, back of your ears and lips. Take a second to think about that. With about 97 percent of your body being covered in hair, it’s bizarre to think there’s the perception that body hair is unacceptable and gross.
While body hair is more acceptable on a male, for females having body hair is looked down upon. Let’s start with a little bit of history, the norm to remove body hair wasn’t really a thing until the mid 1940s and to be specific, it moved from a fad to becoming more of a normal routine for women within just of few months of the 1940s. By 1964, a survey showed that around 98 percent of American women shaved their legs routinely. From then on, the surface area of objectionable hair grew in line with whatever fashionable, desirable and sexy trends were important during that time.
Now that we are caught up on the basic history of body hair, let’s talk about it in today’s society.
As a woman myself, I have seen so many stories, articles and comments about if a woman having body hair is ok or not. I guess this won’t be very different from those articles but does body hair on a female really matter that much?
As a European woman, I used to treat my body horribly because of the norms and standards you must obtain to be considered desirable.
Growing up, having any type of body hair including arm, leg and facial hair was definitely not a trend. I used to cover my arms and legs up during the summer, take small scissors to my face to cut off any unwanted hairs and even going as far as to taking tape to my face and trying to rip off any tip of facial hair. After constantly torturing myself for years and years trying to fit into what was normal and acceptable in society, I came to one realization, nobody really cared about my body hair, it was me that cared about my body hair. I had the idea that if I had any type of hair on my body, I wasn’t beautiful like the rest of the girls my age.
Oh, was I ever wrong. The most beautiful thing about this whole journey was that I was able to be ok and love my body hair, regardless of what society told me I should look like. Making that change, I have been able to love and accept myself more, while also embracing what my ethnicity is and being proud of it.
Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with getting rid of your body hair, I know there are women who choose to remove their body hair because it’s what they are comfortable with - that’s their personal choice. But there are other women who feel the need to remove their hair due to society and to be desirable to other people.
Do you think we need to start normalizing female body hair? Comment below.