El challenge creado por Laura Jackson arrancó este mes de enero, sin hacer demasiado ruido. Sin embargo, poco a poco el poder de convocatoria fue aumentando hasta conseguir más de 4.900 publicaciones bajo el hashtag #januhairy. Casi 5000 fotografías que buscan normalizar el vello como una parte más del cuerpo femenino.
Dos objetivos: visibilización y denuncia
La sociedad nos enseña desde bien pequeñas que la depilación es una rutina de belleza instaurada en la vida de toda mujer. Así, cuando somos adolescentes el vello que nos comienza a salir nos incomoda y rápidamente buscamos la forma de esconderlo o hacerlo desaparecer.
Laura Jackson dejó de depilarse para una performance que tuvo lugar el pasado mes de mayo y desde entonces no ha vuelto a quitarse un pelo. La experiencia no solo la llevó a iniciar el reto, sino también a aceptar el vello corporal como parte de su identidad como mujer.
Hi Im Laura, the gal behind Januhairy I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about... I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didnt understand why I didnt shavedidnt agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. Its a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point . . . why should we be called lazy if we dont want to shave And why do we have to be proving a point After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do somethingsee the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge This isnt an angry campaign for people who dont see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up Progress picturesdescriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe
Después de unas semanas me acostumbré y me empezó a gustar mi vello. Me gustó no tener los episodios incómodos que representaban el depilarse. Aunque me sentí más liberada y con confianza en mí misma, algunos de los que me rodeaban no entendían por qué no me depilaba y no estaban de acuerdo. Me di cuenta que aún tenemos mucho camino por recorrer para aceptarnos los unos a los otros de verdad. Luego pensé en Januhairy como un comienzo[...]Pero, por sorpresa, he tenido que dar muchas explicaciones sobre por qué lo hago, una razón más para hacerlo. De hecho, cuando empecé mi madre me preguntó: "¿Te da pereza o estás haciendo una prueba?". ¿Por qué tiene que decirse que es de perezosos no depilarse?
Si al rechazo social le sumamos el poder la industria depilatoria en sí misma, comprendemos por qué no depilarse es todavía una forma de reivindicar el empoderamiento femenino a través de la elección libre y no una alternativa normalizada.
Sin embargo, para llegar a esa elección libre es necesario destruir ciertos estereotipos que asocian la depilación a una práctica de higiene y que, por lo tanto, buscan demonizar el vello. Un ejemplo de ello son los anuncios de productos depilatorios. En ellos las mujeres siempre están perfectamente rasuradas, algo que es cuanto menos contradictorio si tenemos en cuenta que promocionan un producto para eliminar el vello.
De hecho, el anuncio anterior incluye mensajes como "que nada te pare para disfrutar con tus amigas" cuyo objetivo va en línea con los clichés establecidos: asociar el vello corporal a algo malo. Si nos venden que el vello limita nuestra vida personal y social porque "no podemos disfrutar con nuestras amigas" si tenemos pelos en las piernas, consiguen despertar una necesidad en su público objetivo: las mujeres.
Y es precisamente por este tipo de publicidad por la que retos como #januhairy son tan necesarios y publicaciones como la de Amaia tan aplaudidas. Aprovechar las redes sociales para generar una tendencia capaz de revertir este tipo de hábitos, ayuda a cambiar nuestra forma de concebir la belleza y el papel que desempeñamos en ella.
is it cold where you are then i have a fun suggestion for you. this winter, grow yourself some fur . in all seriousness though, if youve never let your body hair grow before and are nervous or apprehensive, id definitely recommend giving it a go in winter the beauty of stopping shaving in the colder months is that youre covered up more when out and about, so your lil pittens can be sheltered from the world for a bit. you can have some nice private bonding time just the three of you before you have to do the sometimes nerve wracking thing of showing them off to the world . it can take time to get used to and learn to love a change in your body, and you may find this easier to do in private. get up in the morning, stretch in front of the mirror, perhaps you notice the hair and it makes you smile, or maybe youre not quite there yet - thats ok pull on a long sleeve top and give yourself some more time . societal views on female body hair are very slowly starting to change, which is amazing, but i wont lie to you and say you wont face any negative responses. its much easier to handle that negativity when you have already personally developed a loving relationship with your body. when youve learnt to be confident in it and see the beauty in it, hair and all, youll feel much more ready to face the world, arms outstretched
This is Anna Maríková from Brno, Czech Republic... Well I've heard it's #januhairy now, so I decided to join. I had begun to shave in elementary school after I went to a swim class and one classmate asked me why I don't have shaved armpits. I still remember the feeling of surprise and humiliation that something is wrong with my body. At this age, you can easily get the impression that if you're not doing what everyone else is doing, something is wrong with you. I often heard in high school that I would be more attractive if I didn't have such hairy hands. With time, it gradually became clear to me that the main reason I shave is the inner pressure from this learned norm and the automatic expectation of society. It sounds banal, but I think this pressure on women is really strong and unnecessary. Now I'm satisfied with all my hair because the hairs are normal. Peace out@contyvevropskymstylu Help support the Januhairy campaign by donating to the crowd-funder for Body Gossips Performance Project httpswww.justgiving.comcrowdfundingbodygossipfbclidIwAR3UKTB5dSx4fSWLm3QY2sLoU1L1v2cvoqGLolDyMXP8SeBr84KG4UI5haI (link in the bio) #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpower #selflove #feminine
"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."Steve Maraboli @i_am_morgie Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peaceconfidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others. All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Years Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60 Sign up and join in while you can #3daysleft #januhairy #thenaturalrevolution #bodyhairmovement #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste#hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood #bodygossip
I didnt want to be one of those ladies that posts a picture with their unshaven armpits and feels the need to explain how society sucks & should change, and they are proud of their hair.. though I agree, somewhere in there I feel like just needing to express an explanation or defense already makes it seem less normal & negates the point of how inherently not a big deal it is. But here I am, writing out explanatory words to sooth some level of anxiety I still seem to have about blatantly showing my fuz, because Ive heard the backlash before, the disgust, the mock vomiting, and the judgment by men and women on women who make the choice to let their bodies be wild. Im not one for policing folks who choose to shave or not, how you want express your body is your choice, anyone elses opinion (including my own) i see as totally irrelevant. In my life, Im at a place where not shaving represents coming home to my body, my mind, my adult humanness, & my womanhood. It has been a process like the blooming of a flower, a love of my given design that unfolds petal by petal with the passing of time. Today I posted a picture of some beautiful blooming mustard yellow flowers a saw on my walk, and I posted a picture of myself, blooming in my mustard yellow dress & feeling just as beautiful.