Sunday 20 May 2012

Hairy Idols: Emer O'Toole and Charlotte Free

Source: Terry Richardson

For a change I thought I’d have something of substance on le blog rather than ‘look at new shiny things I bought’ or ‘today I dyed my hair pink’. Recently I read this article by Emer O’ Toole on hair; specifically body hair on women, and how it is viewed as unacceptable by society. Emer hasn’t removed any body hair in 18 months. She was on This Morning and pitted against a salon owner who said she admired Emer’s confidence; as if she wasn’t clean shaven she wouldn’t feel confident in herself. Emer pointed out that girls should be taught at a young age to find confidence in the fact they are an interesting person with a quirky personality, rather than they are beautiful (which can only be achieved by being as hairless as a Sphynx cat).

It is scary how something as natural as body hair is viewed as completely unacceptable by society for one sex, but completely acceptable for another. Although it’s nice to feel clean shaven, a massive part of the fact women are obsessed with hair removal is down to the fact we are taught from a young age to get rid of our body hair whatever way possible, as it is disgusting and unattractive. At the end of Emer’s spot on This Morning 80% of viewers agreed with the fake tanned, made up salon owner who put forward no interesting points at all and agreed with Emer for most of the spot. Kind of ridiculous! Emer said in her article she had been pointed and laughed at on the tube for having hairy armpits, why would this not happen if it was a man?
Source: Terry Richardson

Charlotte Free (love her) also doesn’t shave. When interviewed by the guardian she said:

"It's an equal rights thing. It's ridiculous that women have to shave their armpits and legs every day. I don't have time. I think it's asinine that men have this standard that women should be perfectly shaven. I only shave them once in a blue moon for a really big job. I like to keep my body hair. It's a symbol of how I'm not going to conform to something that's so ridiculous."

I wanted share this with you guys as I thought Emer was really inspiring. Hopefully with more role models like her soon it will be acceptable to be both hairless and hairy without people recoiling in horror that you haven’t been subjugated by society’s norms for female beauty.

What do you guys think, do you think being hairless is solely down to society? Would you go sans hair removal? xx


Hermione said...

This was so refreshing to read :) Such an amazing post. I agree with everything you said, the girl on This Morning was so inspiring too. There seems to be a lot of inspiring things like this going around the internet and it's so nice to see it finally filtering into the fashion blogging world :) It's a nice change of pace.
I'd love to write posts like this, I never know where to start. It really feels so uplifting to read such body positive things online :) xx

Dayle Pereira said...

Such a great post ! She really is inspiring ! Woman should be confident in their skin and they shouldn't need to be silky smooth to feel that way!

Andrew said...

I agree with you. Women should not be forced to shave if they don't want to. The porn and fashion industries have made shaving every hair from your body normal. I don't think it is - hair protects and also gives cues to the opposite sex about maturity. Good on Emer O'Toole a really brave woman but one who is also beautiful with all her hair. I am a man and find natural women much more attractive than those who shave and pluck to an inch of their lives.

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