At this point, with feminism blatant in the streets and in our favorite brands, we’re past judging women participating for No Shave November right? By that, we mean it’s not a myth that women are just as hairy as men. But why is it seen as undesirable for women while doing Movember just makes them irresistible for being lumbersexual? Why do we judge women for participating for a good cause? Movember isn’t just an excuse to be lazy anyways. — by Rogin Warhol
H&M Autumn Collection 2016
No Shave November or Movember started out just for kicks back in 2003 by 30 men in Melbourne. Then in 2004, it turned into the funnest way to promote awareness about prostate cancer. Going to the official No Shave November website will inform you that it’s now broaden to people embracing their hair and letting it grow wild in honor of cancer patients that had lost theirs. Okay, you might be thinking where would women fit into this? Prostate cancer got to obviously be a male cause. But more support, especially by another entire gender, is not bad if the goal is have more people aware.
An advertisement for Gillette’s Milady Decolleté razor, published in 1915
This could be led to the stigma that women are “hairless” creatures. Yeah and they don’t fart, poop, or pee because the gross biology of humankind doesn’t apply to women at all. Let’s not collectively forget the bloodbath they experience once a month. Hair removal has been ingrained in our DNA ever since the dawn of time. But everything changed in 1915 where Harper’s Bazaar showcased hairless armpits of a woman. After that, it has been ingrained in human society’s psyche that femininity is tied with being hairless and flawless. The chauvinists in the late 80s and early 90s had given birth to the term “hairy feminist.” This term hangs in the balance of truth and an insult. It’s the truth for people who subscribe to feminism and took up the option not to shave. It’s also an insult for social activist fighting for women’s rights being reduced to that one phrase. Although if No Shave November is built for a good cause of building awareness, it must’ve done its job right when women themselves want to pitch in.
Addidas Original’s Superstar Range 2017
What hinders women from participating is exactly this stigma that the term “hairy feminist” had built. Case and point would be Swedish photographer and model Arvida Byström. She was featured in an Addidas Original’s Superstar Range campaign last October 2017, only to be welcomed by rape threats and bullying online. She’s featured on the ad with her unshaven legs. Byström being an advocate of reinventing body norms, she used her platform to normalize women not shaving by choice. One user commented on the Youtube video of the ad: “she’s not a girl she’s a monkey cut that s—” Trolls on the internet always know how to keep it classy. They’re so classy that an entire gender still quivers in fear for making choices for their bodies.
Shot by Arvida Byström for BLINK Magazine
In this “stay woke” generation, hairy women should have the right to support a great cause they believe in. At least, they shouldn’t receive rape threats for choosing what to do with their body. Googling the term ‘no shave November women’ will lead you to the image of a Kevin Hart meme. It says: “Women who participate in No Shave November would also have to participate in No D December.” Maybe people’s reason for women participating isn’t because prostate cancer is a man’s cause. Maybe it’s just the cold fact that a lot of people are still stunted by women being in charge of themselves.
Stereotypes and certain beliefs should be swallowed down with pride when it comes to bigger causes like this. Also, it’s freaking 2017. Women are hairier than the average sometimes. Why are we so iffy about how the body works? It’s human nature. Growing one’s hair and broadening one’s mind is the most human thing to do this No Shave November. Compassion shouldn’t have labels in the first place.