On the plus side, I’ve got the point where I think I might have completely grown out my armpit hair…which is kind of underwhelming tbh. For all the fuss people make, it’s as if women have the same amount of body hair as men naturally, and only intensive personal effort can hold that back. If this is full growth, that’s clearly not the case.
Personally, I’m not sure I’m going to keep it, but that’s because I’m a product of my society and I’m conditioned to feel ashamed or like I’m doing something wrong or dirty by allowing my body to exist without gender-policing it. I feel like all of the stereotypes about feminists, and I remember how I fell for them before I understood what it stood for. All I can say is that coming to tumblr helped me a lot with body positivety, partly through images of women who happened to not have shaved armpits. I realised it wasn’t horrific, it wasn’t disastrous or shameful, it was just there, like a beard or fingernails just exist„ doing no harm.
Therefore I want to keep it, I want others to see it, I want to snap people out of the ridiculous mindset that female armpits cannot go unshaven without deadly social consequences, because it helps everyone be more okay with their bodies. Because even if I’m not truly there yet with body confidence, I’m not going to bow down to my own selfish wants to fit in better in a broken society, I’m going to use my body to fix it, and normalise adult female bodies as they are meant to be, and normalise that it should absolutely be a CHOICE.