But the last thing that should make Madonna unlikable is her body hair. Some commenters accuse, "fake! Don't give up the fight! Excuse us, we had no idea that our natural bodies--which have so intelligently evolved over millennia--were a "trend," or that an act of self-love is considered a vapid grab for the spotlight. The only thing these comments prove, is that women with body hair will always get called gross, that women should never dare show a spark of individuality or resistance to normalized body standards even the most famous, creative, and whitest ones , and that sexism is alive and well. Even a well-respected individual such as Cameron Diaz has to "encourage" not shaving pubic hair because putting a razor to the ol' cooch comes so naturally!
The following is a guest blog post by Atiya. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been an athlete since before I put on my first bra. Travel has shaped the woman I am today, and I have had the tremendous opportunity to travel to and live in many places around the world. Each trip has brought out a little part of myself that I never knew existed.
I tried to explain that anyone can shave or not shave - no matter what gender. I tried explaining that our culture wants gender to be a certain way. I remember before I transitioned to male I went to a new school for 6th grade and I was made fun of every day because I have so much hair on my arms.
Just this week, the Internet went berserk over a sweet throwback family photo posted by Leonardo DiCaprio that revealed his mother—gasp! However, I never really understood just how intensely people feel about the matter until I let my own grow out. For starters, my armpits and I have always had a mercurial relationship.