Feminism – I Didn’t Realise it was Directly Liked to Hairy Armpits

20 Jul


fem·i·nism [fem-uh-niz-uhm] noun

1 The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

2 An organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.

It’s one of those words that, as women, we are supposed to embrace, but actually it makes the majority of us run for home to put our pjs on and watch trashy TV. We don’t care.

Don’t get me wrong, before a big bunch of radical feminists start a tirade, I DO believe that men and women are equal. I’m not here to troll on women who stand up for the rights of our tribe, and I definitely agree that we are just as capable as the men folk of securing high powered jobs, commanding equal salaries, and often (but not always, said through gritted teeth) doing it better. But I think that the word feminism has taken it past that, and now there is this polarisation of us every day women who prune our eyebrows so that we have two before heading off to the office (and doing it all in heels!), and those who plait their armpit hair and throw rotten fruit at male passersby, just for the heck of it.


I watched a TV programme where a woman was debunking beauty rituals, and what we do to make ourselves feel ‘womanly’. I use this in the loosest terms, as there was a guy who sprayed his face with hairspray to fix his fake tan, a ritual that I would stick firmly  in the ‘taking it to far’ bucket, along with botox and bum hole bleaching (don’t get me started…). But one of the issues she tackled was the idea of shaving and waxing and how we should embrace our inner marsupial. There was a group of women who “let their feminism run free” (their term, not mine) and went to the swimming pool to share this with the general public, on a weekly basis. For the purpose of entertainment, they interviewed a load of teenage boys, who hopped from foot to foot, not making eye contact with the shrubbery, and proclaimed “each to their own, but I don’t really like it…..” These women then discussed how the act of hair removal is ‘to fit into a male stereotype’; and ‘porn is 100% to blame’.

Ridiculous. If hairy armpits and gnarly toe nails are feminism personified, then I’m out.

It’s got nothing to do with men. I quite like being able to get into bed and not spark a fire from my leg hairs sliding down the duvet cover. And when wearing sandals, I like to see pretty pastel colours poking out, rather than crusty nails. If having a pedicure and plucking my eyebrows makes me stuck in the dark, then ill happily light my candle and read my book by myself, thank you very much.

What do you define feminism as?

9 Responses to “Feminism – I Didn’t Realise it was Directly Liked to Hairy Armpits”

  1. prenin July 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    I believe in the equality of the sexes so I don’t know what that says of me given I’m a bachelor and likely to remain that way! 🙂

    Love and hugs!


  2. elroyjones July 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Great post! I consider myself a feminist, if that means equality for everyone, but I’ve been shaving legs/underarms everyday since I was 14 and intend to continue to do so until the day I die.

  3. Sarirah July 21, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Interesting post. I’m all for gender equality but personally I think it’s bordering unhygienic if you let everything erm…grow. These days, I’d say that a lot of women enjoy putting on a little makeup in the morning, prefer to shave/wax etc. and not for the sake of men but because it makes them feel better about themselves. Personally, I’m not sure what I think of feminism. I get the impression that in an attempt to speak up and say that both men and women are equal, things got a little out of hand and the throwing fruit scenario became the stereotype. :p

  4. Katie July 22, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Actually — my mother was the very definition of feminism — raised five girls all by herself! She always told me “Why would I want to be equal to men – and lower myself to their level!”

  5. observingthescene July 23, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    I’m male, but I’m a feminist. While I believe that women should receive equal treatment in all things, it shouldn’t be the same. I think a well turned-out lady is deserving of some special treatment that I wouldn’t dream of favoring one of my buddies with. No, they’re special, and if you want the truth, I find women much more interesting than I find men. Men are pretty predictable, so I’d rather spend my time among women. The examples you cite are hilarious, and I’d ask that you keep them coming!

  6. Richard Wiseman July 25, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    I’m a feminist. For me it’s getting equal rights and fair treatment for women in society and the work place.Primarily the eradication of unequal pay, the eradication of sexist attitudes to women and generally changing culture to make women equal in a society that has for several hundred years treated women as second class citizens. We’re mostly there,the equal pay needs addressing still, as does the objectification of women’s bodies, which is disrespectful, but we’ve come a long way. As for how women dress or beauty regimes, that’s up to them,which is what equal rights are about. I have a nine year old daughter and I’m glad that she has much better life chances than my mother did and I have a wife who has two degrees, with whom I share child rearing and house work and whom I consider my superior, not my equal.

  7. bdewayne July 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Sorry but I can’t get past “bum hole bleaching” EEK! DOESN’T THAT HURT?

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