Male definitions of beauty are steeped in female blood
What price do women currently pay in this battle to define their self-image and self-definition of beauty? A very steep price! Year after year, a huge number of women from all four corners of the globe die trying to live up to ridiculous male definitions of feminine beauty. From bulimia to anorexia, women suffer from all sorts of serious health issues trying to live up to impossible male-defined images of beauty. Women undergo all sorts of surgical ordeals from breast implants to butt implants just to please the ‘perfect’ female image in the minds of males. Well, this is an exercise in futility because men play a cruel trick on women. There is no winning the male dominated game of female beauty because you can’t be rail thin and ‘bootylicious’ at the same time. This should not be a surprise.
After all, this ‘game’ is a game that is stacked against females from Day One They aren’t supposed to win it. The only real winner, predictably enough, is the patriarchy. Seriously. Sure, women are now conquering the board rooms. Women are now represented in the corridors of power and academia. Women now have a hand in stirring the nation’s political, spiritual, health, and economic direction. But if they still all have to kowtow to internal definitions of beauty, are they truly free? Are they really as in control of their lives when their conception of beauty still turns on what men want? Are they truly liberated when the levers of their self-esteem and self-confidence necessarily turns on what men find desirable? Sadly, the answer to all this is a resounding NO. As Malcolm X said: you can’t be at a table with nothing on your plate and call yourself a diner. That’s not going to happen. Sadly, women crowd around the table of power with nothing on their self-definition plate and call themselves ‘free.’ Not going to happen.
Thankfully, the solution is quite simple. In fact, the solution is so simple it is almost deceptively simple and in danger of being dismissed as too trivial by its critics. Still, that’s where the power of this solution arises from-its sheer simplicity. What is the solution? Letting your armpit hair grow out.
Let it grow, let it flow, let is go: the power of female armpit hair
Remember the first time guys called you fat or ugly? Remember all the comments on your Facebook page making reference to your looks? Remember that popping sound as your ego deflates and all your self-worth spill out into the ether? Remember the sting that seared into your soul and numbness you are forced to walk with daily? Well, you can get back at the guys who ever tried to redefine you and control you through their definition. By simply letting your body’s natural patterns take over, you are taking over the steering wheels of the power mechanism that continues to make you feel lousy to this very day. By letting your armpit hair grow, you are refocusing the lens that dictates what you feel about yourself from one of self-negation, low self-esteem, and self-hate to one of self-celebration, self-empowerment, and self-knowledge. Make no mistake about it-there is nothing wrong with long arm pit hair. Men, after all, are allowed to do this. Why can’t women? What is intrinsically ugly about long arm pit hair? What is intrinsically ‘unfeminine’ about letting your armpit hair truly grow out? Put it another way, what is so ‘beautiful’ about clean and immaculate female armpits?
The truth is that men have decided what ‘beauty’ looks like and this definition is one of the final strongholds of patriarchal control. It is also the worst form because by tricking you into hating your natural look, men have subverted your mental processes and your emotions to making you keep yourself in check. How cruel is that? How sick? How twisted? How degrading is that? Still, millions of women still buy into this male definition and shaving cream, waxing solutions, and other hair removal options used to create this ‘clean’ look remains a multibillion-dollar industry. Let your hair grow out and take a stand against this rip off and this oppression. Stop letting men define you. Start defining yourself. There is nothing intrinsically wrong about hairy female armpits. It is completely natural. Letting nature run its course is looked at as ‘right’ when men let their armpit hair and beards grow out, why can’t women let their arm pit hair grow out too?
Take control and make a stand
By reclaiming your body, in all its dimensions, and going back to a fully natural look, you do your part in striking back and striking down the harmful control male expectations and definitions have on females the world over. It is not enough that females can figure in boardrooms, faculty meetings, and the halls of power. Females have to take the extra step. They have to overthrow the final bastion of male domination and control-their self-esteem. Female self-esteem is tied up with self-definition and when women let men define what looks good, they let men run roughshod over their self-esteem.
Do your part in stemming the tide of bulimia and anorexia deaths by reclaiming a truly natural female look. Let your armpit hair grow, let it glow, and let it go. Do it today and signal to all the world that you are your own woman and you are beautiful on your own terms. Real empowerment begins in your mind and when you change your mindset regarding how you should look, you go a long way in truly reclaiming your body. You reclaim your body and you reclaim your freedom. It really is that simple and it all begins with a simple choice.