Women Are Fighting Stigma With 'Armpit Hair Selfies' | 22 Words

Women are fighting the stigma of body hair by sharing "armpit hair selfies" and we're living for the trend...

There's absolutely no denying that women have been subjected to impossible standards set by men in society.

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From near to impossible body standards, to make-up, to hairstyles and clothing, it seems as though the pressure on women to look a certain way has always favored male opinion. And while times are changing, women are still subjected to abuse for their decisions.

Not to mention in other areas of society too.

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According to global estimates by the World Health Organisation, around 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from their male peers - that makes up about thirty-five percent of the population of women.

This varies from women being trapped in their own homes by their partners...

Or being harassed by complete strangers in the street.

This can be something as "minor" as being catcalled in the streets...

It's still harassment and it still makes so many women feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

But whatever it is...

Women being made to feel scared, helpless, and intimidated by men is not okay.

It has been happening for way too long.

But the younger generation has started to speak out about this unnecessary violence and control.

Since the spark of the #MeToo movement back in 2017, women have been speaking out about their experiences of harassment and abuse from men...

And they've also been standing up against it and calling out those responsible - including some very famous faces.

It doesn't matter who you are...

You have every right to speak up and say no to being treated in such a terrible and dehumanizing way.

​But control isn't always physical.

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​For generations now, women have been on the receiving end of backlash over what is a natural occurrence: Body hair.

They have been conditioned to believe that something as simple as hair follicles are "disgusting."

And if you're a woman yourself, you'll know exactly how it feels to be shamed into removing every single strand of "undesirable" hair from your body.

But no more.

Some women are choosing to take control of their bodies by letting their natural hair grow out in places they would have otherwise shaved, such as the legs, arms, and armpits.

It seems to have been a topic of conversation for a while now...

Women are choosing to embrace their natural selves via armpit selfies.

And they're doing so unapologetically.

Hair removal can be so harmful to the skin...

From the usual problems that come with shaving, such as cuts, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, all the way to the chemical harshness of hair removal cream...

And let's not forget the price that comes with lasering...

It's just one problem after another.

​Of course, women are allowed to remove their hair if they want to...

But no woman should feel the need to conform to the social pressures to be hairless.

So, we're glad this trend came about.

You have nothing to be ashamed of.

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