Are you a feminist going through this dilemma of to shave or not to shave? This is a question that concerns lots of women across the globe. As a woman you don’t want to encourage things that make way for patriarchal and sexist mindset but then there is one important question that you should be asking yourself which is – how do you feel about them?
Okay so let’s start clearing the air with this – for a long time women have fought for the right to make their own choices and to take their own decisions. So every feminist person should understand this, making your own choice is feminism but making choices that are in opposition to patriarchy is not feminism.
So if you are feminist and still shave that won’t make you any less of it. It is completely your choice. It should depend on how you feel about that life choice or that personal habit. Feminism means not judging women on the basis of the amount of makeup they put or on the basis of them getting their body waxed. If we start judging women on the basis of it then we ourselves are bringing feminism very close to patriarchy.
If you are obsessed with removing every single hair from your body just because our society looks down on women with hair on their body then you are doing wrong. Your choices should not be defined because of the patriarchal society.
TV commercials and magazines have made body hair a big deal. Now we have started linking body hair directly with beauty and desirability. There is no exact answer to this dilemma but one thing you can do is question these things every day. Don’t make choices because of the constructive beauty standard that has been set and is being circulated to you. Don’t shave if you don’t want to. Shave it off if you want to. It is up to you.