Women Are Celebrating Body Hair With #Januhairy Posts On Social Media

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Body hair has become a buzzworthy topic in recent years. Though everyone has been blessed with hair below the head, for centuries, it has been associated with power and masculinity – two things, by all means, women should not have (read sarcasm). But in the era of fourth-wave feminism, as many refer to it, our views on leg, armpit, and pubic hair are shifting. Celebrities are celebrating their #BigBushEnergy, supermodels are sporting full-on fuzz in ad campaigns, femcare brands like Billie are working to change the marketing message associated with hair removal products, and #bodyhair pics are popping up on social media, showing women who have chosen to wear it proudly rather than wax it off.

The most recent example of body hair love is on Instagram. A new campaign started by Exeter University student Laura Jackson, 21, encourages women to grow out their body hair during the month of January and share photos of their progress using the hashtag #Januhairy. By filling our feeds with photos of women proudly displaying their body hair, Jackson hopes to continue to challenge the idea that it’s something to be ashamed of. “This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others,” she captioned a post.

 

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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about… I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy ? #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe

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Jackson was inspired to start the project after growing out her body hair for a school performance and being met with questions like, “Are you just being lazy” or “Are you trying to prove a point?” This opened her eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman: “I realized that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly,” she said — and she’s right.

Despite the increased awareness in recent years, more than 99 percent of American women remove their body hair regularly. Those that don’t are met with ridicule and hostility. The sheer idea of leg hair on a woman seems to invite derogatory comments, offensive jokes, sexual rejection, even violent threats. In fact, Swedish model Arvida Byström received rape threats after choosing to star in a 2017 Adidas campaign with unshaven legs. Needless to say, this is an unacceptable state of affairs.

The good news: There are now nearly 3,000 posts using the #Januhairy hashtag and that number is growing. What’s more, those involved in the project hope to do more than help women feel comfortable and confident in their natural bodies; they are also raising money for a good cause. People participating can seek sponsorship through a crowdfunder, and all proceeds will go to Body Gossip, a non-profit that educates young people about body image and encourages individuality.

Move over #Movember, #Januhairy is here.

 

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Um grupo de mulheres decidiu usar o Facebook como ferramenta para combater a imposição cultural relacionada à depilação impecável dos pelos nas axilas e das pernas, promovido em editoriais de moda e propagandas. O objetivo da campanha é promover a auto aceitação feminina. Lançada em janeiro e intitulada de Januhairy (“Janeiro Peludo”), a ação nascida na Inglaterra confronta os padrões de beleza, e já conquistou mulheres dos EUA, Canadá, Alemanha, Rússia e Espanha. “Algumas de nós não gosta (de estar depiladas), outras gostam. Mas continuamos femininas, higiênicas e bonitas, não importa se estamos peludas ou depiladas”, publicou a fundadora do grupo Laura Jackson. Saiba mais em LEIAJA.COM/NOTICIAS ? Reprodução/Facebook/Januhairy #pelos #cabelos #padrao #januhairy #TánoLeiaJá

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Jesteśmy kobietami. Mamy włosy na ciele. Na rękach, nogach, łonach, brzuchach, plecach, twarzach. Nasze włosy są od jasnego blondu, po czarną jak smoła czerń. Od cienkich i delikatnych, prawie niewidocznych, po gęste, grube i widoczne nawet z bardzo daleka. Od małego uczy się nas, że włosy na ciele są nieporządane, złe, paskudne. Przekaz jest jasny. To klarowny roztwór dyskryminacji, nienawiści i presji. Media, reklamy, cała pop kultura, koledzy i koleżanki ze szkoły, często członkowie rodziny, opiekunowie, nieraz nieznajomi na ulicy – wszyscy jednym głosem mówią nam, co powinnyśmy myśleć i czuć w związku z naszym ciałem, jego małą, cienką, wyrastającą z cebulki częścią. Włosów używa się jako pretekstu, by z nas szydzić, by nas poniżać, porównywać do zwierząt, śmiać się z nas, musztrować, zmuszać nas do torturowania ciała, do uważnego przyglądania się samym sobie, czy pasujemy do kanonu, do wąskiej foremki narzuconej z góry. Nie pasujesz? Poczuj dyskomfort. Zrezygnuj z czegoś. Nie idź na basen. Przełóż spotkanie. Wycofaj się. Przygotuj. Bez tego będziesz inna, trudna, zbuntowana, nie każdy to zaakceptuje. Pewnego dnia sama w to wierzysz. Po prostu lubisz być gładka. Do tego wiesz, że włosy są brzydkie, że psują wizerunek, a przede wszystkim sprawiają, że czujesz się brudna. Bolesna depilacja, krwawa nauka używania golarki, kosztowny laser – przynoszą ulgę. Pasujesz. Jesteś czysta, ale każdy nowy milimetr przypomina Ci, że walka trwa, wygrałaś bitwę, ale wciąż jesteś na wojnie ze swoim ciałem. Spytaj się siebie: Czy kiedyś z czegoś zrezygnowaś z powodu odrostu? Czy widziałaś kiedykolwiek swoje ciało z włosami zapuszczonymi na max? Czy jeśli czujesz do włosów obrzydzenie, to możesz powiedzieć, że nie czujesz presji golenia? Czy gdybyś miała włosy na full nie wstydziłabyś się iść na basen? Wrzucić zdjęcie do Internetu? Spotkać ze znajomymi na plaży? Czy jesteś wolna? Czy twój wybór może być wolny w społeczeństwie, które wywiera taką presję? @cialopozytyw @janu_hairy @bodyhairmovement @natural.femininity @gethairyfebruary @allyournaturalbeauty

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Full support for #Januhairy! Be wild and free.

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