Girls and Body Hair: DO IT FOR YOURSELF

By Hanna Inoue on October 21, 2012

When Amanda Palmer, beloved singer of the Dresden Dolls, asked her husband Neil Gaiman to post an ad regarding waxing for girls fifteen and younger, at first I wasn’t sure what stance she was taking.

But when I went on her Twitter, I saw that she had written, “yeah so this makes me want to curl up and cry. ”.

It is despicable to show young women that they are expected to have flawless skin. When I was younger, I used to think, “Wow those girls on TV don’t have hair under their arms and they look spotless! How do they do that?”, and well, I still do.

But the majority of girls don’t look that flawless. They have hair under their arms, and in some countries, they don’t care if they have it or not. USA billboards and advertisements try to get you emotionally so you’ll buy their products. It’s all a part of capitalism. You feel bad about yourself, and you go try out their business by spending exorbitant amounts of cash (in this case).

Whether you shave your legs or underarms doesn’t matter. What matters is doing it because you feel as if it is your duty. Doing it to impress someone. Doing it because you’re told to. Doing it for reasons that have nothing to do with your own will. THAT bothers me.

I once saw an article having to do with hair removal for girls around 6 years of age that would make it so that you would never have to bother with shaving again. Some comments were like “I wish I had this option because I hate my hair” and others were like “this is wrong because it’s a big decision and parents shouldn’t force their kids through this to fit in”. I think whoever is getting the treatment should decide. It’s their decision, and not anyone else’s. Same goes for shaving leg hair or underarm hair.

And if you’re trying to impress a guy, A) they don’t care, and B) if they DO care, then they’re not worth your time.

I mean, if a child is at least in high school, then parents should let them decide if they want to get waxed or not. By high school, you’re old enough to start making big life decisions. If they’re younger, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to let them at all. It’s just a BIG decision.

If I could have the decision right now, I might get my underarm hair removed that way. It bothers ME. Not anyone else. Just ME. My feelings, my choice. But if anyone told me right now that I should do it, then I don’t think I would. I don’t want anyone forcing me to do something drastic like that. I don’t want to feel as if I have to do this to ‘fit in’.

Girls, it is YOUR BODY and you do what you want with it. Don’t let anyone else do what they want with it, and don’t let them tell you any different.

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