So tonight this girl posted a photo on Twitter of her legs without shaving. Maybe saying “real women” wasn’t the best idea and I disagree with her in the idea of “real” and in the myth of women, but still I think that this was a brave action because as well as other girls post photos of her legs perfectly shaved, why should be wrong post a photo with hair in your legs? I mean, it is completely normal. Men have hair in their bodies. Women have hair in their bodies. And I thought that everybody knows that.
But then, she recieved this kind of answers. I only posted a few ones, but there were more. Many more. Even some of them saying “kill yourself”. Kill yourself for having a biological condition that is completely understandable and normal. Kill yourself for having hair in your legs.
And I’m really angry and sad right now. I want to scream and cry and throw my laptop over my window and yell WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN. Why people like this even exist. Why a girl is bullied for the natural condition of her body. Why there are women who support this kind of harassment against their own gender. Why men think that they are priviledged human beings that can judge what is right and what is wrong about a body that is not even theirs. Why there is still a patriarcal society founded in biological features.
And this is one of the reasons why women ask for equality. Because we should have an option. Because we NEED to have one. If you want to shave, it is okay. If you don’t want to, it is okay. And you will not receive any bullying for making a personal decision of your own body. Upload a photo of a part of your body in its natural and normal state shouldn’t be a reason for abuse and shaming. And no, she did not do that to attract attention. And no, she did not ask for it when she uploaded the picture. She just wanted to make a point. And as long as there are people who think that is wrong for a girl to have hair in her body I will still be convinced that we need feminism.
And yes, this is a big deal and this is important. So please, think about it.
(sorry for the bad translation and my poor English)