'Perhaps life would be easier if I shaved, but why?’
'Perhaps life would be easier if I shaved, but why?’ - BBC News
When I was at university in the UK in the late Noughties, one of the most liberating things about travelling back to my native China for the summer break was not having to worry about shaving. Chinese tradition had no demands in this respect — armpit or leg hair was just part of your body and nothing to be ashamed about. This month, a campaign headed by young female activist Xiao Meili in China asked women to post pictures of their unshaven armpits on the popular social media site Weibo, China's version of Twitter. The competition generated much attention from Western press, which reported it as a sweeping feminist campaign by Chinese women against body image pressures. But in China, it remains fairly acceptable to be unshaven in public. Even in a big city, seeing hair remains just as much the norm, as seeing none. A female fitness instructor who teaches in a trendy area of Beijing estimates that just 40 per cent of her students, mostly in their 20s and 30s, shaved their underarms.
Women urged to stop shaving for 'Januhairy' and take on Disney's 'smooth' stereotypes
At last our natural, pheromone-catching, abrasion, injury and pathogen-protecting locks can be celebrated rather than causing offence. I find shaving in general an utter chore so even removing the hair on the body parts that are on display happens on the rarest of occasions. My grandfather is from Burma and while the tanned skin and Cleopatra eyes skipped my genetic make-up, I inherited the full hairy gene.
Please refresh the page and retry. W omen are letting their body hair grow as part of a new "Januhairy" campaign to take on stereotypes perpetuated by the likes of Disney. Founder Laura Jackson, 21, said she is allowing her legs and armpits to go unshaven this month in an attempt to challenge opinions that women should be hairless. Ms Jackson, a drama student at Exeter University, said she was inspired to launch "Januhairy" after she embraced her own body hair while preparing for a production last year.