10 ways to get comfortable using the ‘f’ word

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It has taken me just over a year to begin feeling comfortable with calling myself a feminist, with putting it on my site, even.

Here’s how you can, too!

Try telling your friends and people who support you

It’s funny to me as I meet new friends and they gasp (maybe not quite gasp), but as they wonder at how I could be so bold as to say that I am. I used to wonder if I could be so bold, also, but now, it’s really become easy, old hat.

My newest friend asked me if I get a lot of negative reactions, and the answer is honestly, no. I do see negative reactions to feminist videos, to anything that might resemble a woman standing up for her rights or talking about other women as if they had rights (audacious, I know!) but I personally have never had anything close to abuse or negativity about my views. (Touch wood!)

Talk with other feminists

Being in a group where you know there will be no retribution and will support your views is always a good thing. A lot of the people I follow on twitter I know are feminists or supporters of feminism (if they’ve not quite got there yet!)

Perhaps this is because I am always networking with those of like-minded thoughts.

I don’t get into comment fights if I can avoid it, and any comments I make are only for what I believe is a positive step for feminism – I express my enthusiasm, and it’s very difficult to argue with someone who has not even given an opinion, only expressed a feeling of joy that equality is that little bit closer for all women.

Express your feelings, not your opinions

This is not to say that voicing your opinion is not a good idea, it’s simply for those that don’t want to get in a fight about what they intrinsically believe – and why should they if they don’t have to? The idea is to stand up for what we believe in, not to bring others down who don’t believe in it.

Empathise with those who don’t believe what you believe

When some people say why you should shut up or shouldn’t call yourself a feminist specifically it can be hard to hear, if that’s what you identify as. But empathising with those statements, i.e. seeing the feelings and needs behind them can allow you to accept any differences of opinion. We’re allowed to disagree.

Plus, a bonus of this is people expect a dehumanising argument sent back their way. If you instead try to connect with their statement, it will at least confuse them, and at best, help both parties to feel heard and understood.

Know that you don’t have to use ‘the word’

Some people just don’t like the word ‘feminist’ I’m not sure why, and I will be writing a post on that topic next, because when it comes to it, it simply means wanting women to have basic human rights¬†and equality.

But, just because I use the word for myself, doesn’t mean YOU have to. -Who cares?! A word is a word, and it’s my own right to identify as any identity I want to, and it is yours, too.

And if you do like the idea of equality, you might come to call yourself a feminist just to yourself, as I did, at first. It’s not like I go around with an ‘I am a feminist’ t-shirt on all day. I don’t talk about it all day long to complete strangers – it’s just a part of who I am – what I believe in – and why I write these posts in my attempt to empower myself and other women.

You don’t have to give up lipstick

Or make-up. Or hair products. Or being girly. Or manly. You don’t have to be angry all the time. Or give up having fun. Or laughing. Or having sex. Or not having sex.

It’s just about equal rights… Not about hating.

Shout it out

As Caitlin Moran suggests, try standing on a chair and yelling out words like ‘feminist’ and ‘environment’ until they become as natural as saying chocolate or macadamia nuts. (bonus points if you got the Eat, Prey, Love reference)

Use a disclaimer

The first post I ever wrote on this blog was about how not all feminists are dungarees-wearing, bra-burning, hairy-arm-pitted lesbians. I explained who I was, how I am JUST interested in equality for women.

Remember, it’s not your responsibility how other people react to you

This is simply that a friend of mine told me maybe the word feminist isn’t so good’er idea to use the actual word. It might offend some people. But that’s because they don’t know who I am, and they don’t know what I’m about. And they have their own stuff going on.

And that’s ok, but it’s not my responsibility to help them out. I might want to. I might want to clear some things up. To use a disclaimer. In that case, I would. But I am what I am as they say, so I’m not about to go around apologising all the time if they can’t believe me, the same way they don’t need to for disagreeing with me.

Remember, it’s about individuals

We’re all different. Some people won’t agree with you. No matter what you say. So you may as well say, quite simply, what you believe in.

I choose to use the ‘f’ word. Because it defines easily what I believe and any misconception that it means anything other than (I’ll say it again!) wanting equal rights for women, is a shame, but I have stated simply in what I believe and if someone chooses not to take my word for it, that’s really their prerogative. I don’t have to prove my beliefs to them.

In the same way, I am a pacifist, no one questions what this means.

Being a feminist, to me, is the same. And that’s my prerogative

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be ‘weak’ or ‘whiny’

You don’t have to be a ‘victim’ to be a feminist. You just need to want equality. It’s. really. That. Simple.

You can be super strong and want equality (if you like). Like Michele Obama ūüôā

You can give feminism a good name

Feel like feminists have a bad rep? Well, you can change that.

Anyway, I’m not saying deciding to take that great leap and claim the name is easy. But I will say that if you are brave to even say the ‘f’ word once a year, you will be giving it a new shine, a new lease of life. Because there is a stereotype of angry bra-burning¬†feminist, people shy away from using the word. But¬†it’s not a big deal. It’s like saying, I eat¬†chicken, I am a pacifist, I believe in human rights. I believe in equality. It’s the same thing.

Sharing that you are a feminist can be scary, but once you’ve done it, it really becomes reassuring just HOW MANY people will support you in your boldness to claim the label; to make it clear that you stand for women’s rights, and to show that you are not a horrible man-eating ogre to boot! ūüėČ

 

So there we have it, ten ways to feel more comfortable using the ‘f’ word. I hope it’s helped.

Overall I have made my peace with the fact that there are those out there that do not believe what I believe, who do not understand my¬†need for equality, who will make arguments against why they don’t see the need. And that’s ok. Hopefully one day we will be able to connect. Or not. But that’s their role in life, and this is mine. And I have to play it out with as much gusto as I possibly can.

I think one¬†reason my blog has had so much support and not one negative comment (again, so far!), is because I am usually positive with my posts, always looking for the best in any situation and supporting young women. There is no ‘down with men’ speak of any kind, because I love men, and I think being a woman is a wonderful thing to be, I just also want equality…

 

What do you think? Are you loving the word or does it not matter at all? Let me know in the comments, and as always, thanks in advance for any little gifts you might want to give ūüôā

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In response to… the Burkini ban in France: let’s take a step back

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A woman was recently held at gun point and told to take off her top by police officers.

I don’t have a lot to say about this.¬†Simply put,¬†this is obviously wrong.

The scary thing is, the questions that lead after it. Human rights are the basic foundation that Europeans can normally feel proud to call their own. And yet, if you are of a certain religion, these days, you are ostracised and shamed, what then? What does that mean? How did we get here, to this point?

The mayors who decided to implement the ban in a couple of French seaside towns argued that this was for the women’s protection. It would mean that they didn’t get any unwanted¬†attention. It would mean that they wouldn’t look like terrorists.

A point well made by comediene and activist, Kate Smurthwaite, is that it is simple: When women are told that they must  wear something, or not wear something, this is obviously a problem.

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“This may seem like a shocking and controversial thing to say (on the bbc), but women are rational intelligent adults and what really we need to do is to make sure that they really have the freedom to make those choices for themselves.”¬†Kate Smurthwaite

The same is said by the French Council, that basic freedom and liberty is clearly not given here. And so the ban has been suspended. Phew.

But then, why do I feel so angry about it all? It is easy to get very riled up. But, as a feminist, and a pacifist, reacting with rage to something, in my opinion, is never a good thing. And never leads to peace.

I take a step back, because, as Maya Angelou did when she got mad following the 9/11 attacks, I see that; ah, this is not the way to go. This anger, will only continue that circle of hate.

So, I take a step back from my initial reaction, and try to really see the situation, to really see the people.

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When I take a step back, I see the men who did this, I see the men who thought about making this ban on burkinis.

And I feel fear.

I believe I feel their fear. And, I could be wrong, but I see men who are scared and overwhelmed, at a loss for what to do. There are probably other elements at hand, but this is what I see. -Where to start when your country has been attacked and innocent people have died?

They are clutching at straws. They must know that this will bring no positive effects about.  Surely? That no results will be harvested. No lives saved, or brought back.

I feel the fear of the women now feeling they cannot be themselves or walk down the street without is being an issue of political defiance.

It is sad. It is sad for the politicians who are scared. It is sad for the families of those who have lost loved ones. It is sad for the women being pointed out, their symbolism of sacredness and what is love and goodness in the world to them, torn from their bodies’. And it is sad for the terrorists. Those who find no other way of being heard.

It is sad for all of humanity.

But, as with anything that is a mess, you can ask instead, what now? -What to do now?

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On a personal level, how can I show solidarity to my Muslim sisters? How can we connect, rather than segregate everyone in the country, no matter what their views on this matter?

I recently saw a documentary on Mahatma Ghandi. His unrelenting faith inspired me. His dedication to not reacting like brutes when in the face of violence and fear, how he led the Indian people to react peacefully, even when lives were taken. This is the only way I can see anyone ever getting to peace.

And so, I reflect upon my reaction now, to this sad event. And I can see that my first reaction of rage, for the autonomy of women, is not the most useful to me, or to the world. Instead, I see my sadness, and then compassion, as much more constructive.

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That way, I can say with a clear voice: that I hear you, my Muslim sisters, and I am not your enemy. I hear the depth of sadness of the victims, and I am your friend. And I hear the people with violence in their hearts, and I see the fear behind it. I pray for you.

It is all a very sad state of affairs.

This is a time, where I think, we all, as individuals, are able to consider our intention in this world. -What do we want to stand for? Because when we are clear on that, we know what we want to do. We know the direction we are going in.

For me, this is my intention:

For women, I wish the freedom of speech, equality and to choose what we want to wear. For men, I wish peace, so that they can find the strength to provide effective measures, to protect their people. And to the people, I wish kindness, so that even in these difficult times, they can find their humanity within all of this noise the world is making.

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“Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of individuals.”

Mahatma Ghandi

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Peace, my friends xx

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Body Lovin’ – more than beauty

Warning: naked badass bodies below!

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There once was a philosopher I learnt about in school. I think it was Bertrand Russell.

Anyway, he said that you can walk by a house and every single day it would look different. Because of the season, where the sun was at, the angle you are looking at it from.

And we can view our bodies in this same way.

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(This picture is of the same woman’s body, taken within a few seconds of each other.)

 

Some people look at their bodies and they say they don’t like what they see. But, I say, if you love a flower, and you water it everyday, and as you love and care for it, it grows more beautiful everyday, so it is with our bodies.

You can see the same thing from two different angles. You can hate your body. It is possible to do so. Logically, then, if we can hate an object; us, then we can also love it.

For those who are in hate with their bodies right now, it may seem completely impossible. And that’s ok. Just seeing that it seems impossible is enough for now.

I’m going to tell you some things that have helped me.¬†Because I love my body right now. Oh no! But I’m not meant to love my body, right?! ūüėČ Because so few of us do, it can be hard to even admit to enjoying your own body. But that is ok, too. Because the more of us that learn to love ourselves, the more us can learn, to love ourselves.

So, the things that have helped me:

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Yoga.

Yoga teaches me things every time I do it. I hadn’t realised this was one of its lessons until I began looking at this subject. So, when I do yoga, I enjoy my body. It’s that simple. Something that brings you enjoyment, you cherish and want to spend more time with.

This also works with, baths, sleep, dance and sex. ūüėČ

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I put some love on the mirror.

On my mirror I have ‘I love myself unconditionally, right now’ scrawled on a piece of paper and stuck there with blutack. This message has slowly seeped in, and now I am seeing a more confident me in the mirror everyday.

 

I aim to be healthy, not perfect.

I was doing this anyway. I think yoga helps because I can never get the exact shapes I’m aiming for, but I love doing it nontheless. It turns out that this change in belief is changing other girl’s lives, too. An inspirational body positive campaign is sweeping American sororities because of the demand for ¬†it’s training, and this is one of the main components. Basically; what you believe, affects your behaviour.

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Knowing that I am more than just hot.

I write, I love, I sing, I dance. Having these things in my life that make me feel so alive, mean I can remind myself that I am strong, that I do have worth. So anytime I might have a rare thought about how ugly I am, I have a ‘courage reference point’.

Also works with burlesque, (apparently), walking across fire and lying down in public spaces. I think this is also why tattoos are good for your confidence. They clearly state, this is my body, and I’m going to do what I want with it.

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Knowing how I’d like my body to be, ideally, and then loving it anyway.

This, when I thought about it, was a huge reason that I have ended up loving my body.

I got this view from a guided meditation, in which you basically go through each part of the body, relax it and feel grateful for what it has done for you. In telling my body I loved it for the first time, I felt it physically love me back! Pretty cool.

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Seeing that we are all women.

I recently watched a talk by photographer Jade Beall. In which she shows images that we rarely see, of all different body types. This helped me to see that, there is no real, or unreal woman.

And instead of seeing this ‘ideal’ woman in the adverts, as 2D, I could see all of her. That she is a real woman; she has a mother and a father, just like me, she has hopes and dreams and ideals, and morals, and a belief, and a craving for love- just, like, me.

The moment I felt in my heart that this woman is human, that I don’t need to fight against her, that she is not someone to hate, but someone I can relate to, that she is a real woman, was when I felt peace. With the pictures. That I can love my beautiful body, just as it is, and see the beauty in her, too.

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Seeing other bodies, that were like mine.

It is great to see a diverse range of bodies. The more we see of a body type, the more we like it. When I see¬†a woman’s body that is like mine,¬†I get excited. It’s so freeing to see your own body type looking beautiful.

This changed my perception, because, if we are seeing all different body types, and seeing the beauty in all of our individual-ness, then we don’t need to compare.

Other tips for body lovin’ are: find your passion, don’t talk fat talk, refocus on being healthy, mind, body and spirit, rather than being as ‘whatever’ for ‘whoever’, do something new and risqu√©, find ways to love your body that you couldn’t before. And find strong, empowered women that you admire for their bodies, and who they are, too.

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I want to finish with the thought that, this article doesn’t even matter. I wanted to talk about body love, because some part of me instinctually guesses that body image is a challenge for a lot of young women. But I wish it wasn’t.

I dream of a day that this article doesn’t exist.Because solutions and considerations won’t be needed. Because no one would ever have to make clear that a woman’s appearance isn’t¬†something that makes her ‘real’ or not, or valued, loved or accepted.

I hope one day all girls and women will see beauty as a side note in their lives. Where they can be seen for their true value.

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Where¬†the barbie ‘ideal’ steps out of the way, they can join hands with their own bodies, and¬†walk into a bold new future in which their value comes from who they really are; from the jokes they make, the dances they learn, the music they sing, the poems they write, the people they care about, the fights that are worth fighting for, the passions they hold, the wild woman that is loving, and care-free, and caring, and giving and unstoppable.

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That woman already exists in every one of us. And she is not just beautiful. She is so much more than a 2D image, of what someone, once, called beauty.

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What do you love about your body? Name one thing in the comments! Got any stories about body image? Let me know. ūüôā I would love to hear from you!!!

This morning I decided I was beautiful

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This was meant to be an article about self-esteem, but it turned out to be about me dancing round my bedroom this morning.

 

 

What I have noticed, and told a friend recently is that, my thoughts and moods change all the time.¬†I meditate, and this helps me to see that, my thoughts are temporary, like the weather.¬†This helps me to build my own self-esteem and confidence, because, if a thought I don’t like whizzes through my mind, within the speed of light, another, more positive one will come along just as soon.

Like I told another friend the other night over a glass of wine, when I am feeling bad sometimes, I look in the mirror and I think I am ugly. I think I look old, and wrinkly. I think I look horrible. I do not like myself.¬†But, on good days, I think ‘oh, I am pretty’, I think I am beautiful, I think I look young and vibrant, and I feel happy.¬†I find it almost comic that I can think complete opposite things about the same face. I have¬†stood in front of the mirror and tried to work out, ‘am I pretty?’

I take both lightly. Like I said, women are more than beautiful.

And it was this morning, in a moment of insight when I was strutting around my room, dancing to RnB, that I realised, no one can choose for me whether they think I am beautiful or not.

Not the last guy who rejected me and I wondered a thousand times over what might have been wrong with my physical appearance, or the last magazine cover I saw, not the adverts, or¬†the catty girl from school that you never quite forgave for her hurtful comments… Only I¬†can choose. It’s only MY opinion that matters.

 

We are sold this lie, over and over again, that what others think of our beauty, our ‘perfection’, is the most important thing.

I have told myself this lie, too. I have told myself that I was unlovable, that I am ugly compared to the models, that I should eat less … so I can BE that perfection that I crave, but as I worry more, the less ‘perfect’ I feel and become.

And now, I can see the truth; my truth. I saw it staring back at me in those sparkling, shining eyes this morning. The eyes that said for the very first time: ‘I love you’.

This was my new beginning.

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This was meant to be an article about self-esteem. About whether women have lower self-esteem than men. And the other articles I have read, say yes. But I say, we are just finding a different way. Our own way.

The only way a plant can grow, is through the dark soil. And we cannot always see that seed. So it may not look like women have high self-esteem. But just wait, because every woman, no matter what she thinks about herself right now, does, internally, have high self-esteem. Just as a seed has a whole oak tree within.

And we all know instinctively, that’s who she really is.¬†

Is laughing and breathing, and feeling strong, passionate, confident and proud.

Look at Maya Angelou’s poem, and you see that all women already have huge amounts of self-esteem and confidence.

They’re just working through some things, just like me.

 

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“I am a woman, phenomenally; phenomenal woman, all you women, and me.”

Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman

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Red

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and yellow

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and pink

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and green,

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and purple

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and blue…

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I can sing an armpit, an armpit rainbow, and now you can, too.

#freeyourpits

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Ok, this was just a silly one! New post up next week!

 

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“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Maya Angelou

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Pit pioneers (and reaching pretty)

Glittery armpits… I know. Awesome.

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Here we have it. Armpit lovers of the world unite. In one blog post. For a limited time only. (Ok, no, well, probably for as long as I am writing this blog and still believe in sharing these things).

 

nb I’m not saying anyone has to grow out their armpit hair. This is just me showing some sisters who are rocking a different style.

 

My pit pioneers:

Xiao Meili

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Xiao set up an armpit hair selfi competition in China. She wanted women to feel they had a choice in what they did with their own bodies’. She wants women to have the option of growing it out long, if they so wish. So that they don’t have to be seen¬†‘gross’ by anyone else.

She also won the role model award at the 2015 Beijing Media Awards following a 2000 km walk to raise public awareness of sexual assault against women. Cool.

 

Armpits 4 August

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You know how I was talking about Muffember in my last post?

Well, here’s some women who got there before me.¬†Chloe Marshall and the gang stormed the streets with their protest, as well as growing them out long for a good cause, raising money and awareness of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).

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Ben Hopper is a photographer from London who took some beautiful shots of women with hair. He wants to challenge the ‘brainwashing’ that has been imposed upon society. To the point where what is natural is not what is beautiful. He is hoping that¬†some women will now reconsider what they find to be beautiful or not. And why.

 

Roxie Hunt and Rain Sissel

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Organisers of ‘free your pits’, and fashionistas, Roxie and Rain (cool band name if they ever decide to branch out into music), are encouraging a movement where women’s pits are free to do whatever the hell they want, shaved or haired.

Since her switch to the fuzz, Roxie has felt more empowered and conscious about every single decision she makes each day. She¬†began questioning what was coming from her, and what coming from outside influences. Knowing what she did was her own choice, and no one else’s felt pretty great.

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They got a lot of press interest when they got together and dyed Rain’s armpits blue. #freeyourpits

 

Destiny M

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Destiny M posted a video showing off her newly dyed pits. Since discovering the hashtag #noshavenoshade she was inspired to try out this new trend. She found that dying them was an easier way of being hairy in public.

Destiny¬†expresses the deep idea that, we have a concept of what a woman is right now; it’s what we’ve seen before, it’s what we’ve seen in adverts, it’s what our family and friends have told us a woman is. But that’s not all a woman can be, and can be defined as.

Or anyone for that matter. If we are only defined by our past, how can we be anything new in the future?

Like it.

 

Madonna

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Madonna was bullied by boys in her high school for having hairy armpits. She chose to be different. Because she wanted to know, ‘why do I have to do that?’

Now she is proving once more, that you don’t have to do shave, if you don’t want to. Tell Madonna she can’t do something, she’s daim straight gonna do it!

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… and other famous people

Most famous people don’t give¬†much information about why they shave or don’t, at least, I can’t find it.

But there a few of them out there, showing pit pride.

 

So, there we have it. Many lovers of armpit hair!

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But this post isn’t just about pit love. It’s also about what these brave women and men really are; women’s rights pioneers. People¬†who believe that the pressures put on women by the media are ridiculous, and that we, ourselves, can define what we feel is beautiful.

I’ve had as many images of perfection shoved down my throat as the next person. -So many adverts telling me to loose weight, to be hairless, to be perfect, to have shiny hair, perfect skin, to be sexy. It seems all that matters to the media¬†is that a woman looks pretty, or is shaved, no matter what she does or achieves. And, for a while, I bought it. I tried to be that perfect woman. I tried to reach ‘pretty’.¬†

And now I’m writing this blog about hair and image, so I can say to myself, and all other women out there:¬†you don’t have to be a slave to someone else’s expectations. Not the media. Not society. Not your friends, family or even your loved ones.

I can¬†feel the difference, now, between me when I was younger, and was trying to fit into this¬†box of perfection, and me now, in which I am reaching out, and finding my own style, irrelevant of what any magazine or tv advert might want to tell me. ¬†I don’t know when, but slowly my aim changed. I gave up on pretty. On perfect.

Now my aim is to have the freedom to do what I want with my body. To¬†choose what I do¬†because it’s my choice, because of¬†empowering reasons, and not shameful ones. To do what feels good, for me.

My sole¬†aim doesn’t have to be attraction anymore, it can be¬†fulfilment. And love.

But, really, wasn’t that always the aim in the first place?

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“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” Audrey Hepburn

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What do you think of these pit pioneers? Let me know in the comments below!

Next post: Rainbow

Pussy pioneers

Warning:

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So, here’s some people who are in favour of the bush, showing it in all its beauty.

 

Cameron Diaz

In her new body book, Cameron D advises that women embrace their bush.

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“Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies. Twenty years from now, you will still want to be presenting it to someone special, and it would be nice to let him or her unwrap it like the gift that it is.‚ÄĚ

 


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1994 Amorica album cover shocked buyers, and the pubes had to be taken away from the design when put on sale.


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“If you have to stop and go: ‘what is this,’ then you’re not in, you’re not in with us.”

 

Petra Collins

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Petra Collins took this pretty picture of bikini bottoms with a blue haze over the top. I love it. Even though it meant, despite her 25K followers, her instgram profile was taken down, I think her anger about it will have gotten her enough exposure back anyway. (no pun intended!)

She also designed the merkin covered models for the American Apparel windows that got so much press. Very impressive.

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Here’s what she says (love this!) :

“To all the young girls and women, do not let this discourage you, do not let anyone tell you what you should look like, tell you how to be, tell you that you do not own your body. Even if society tries to silence you keep on going, keep moving forward, keep creating revolutionary work, and keep this discourse alive.”

 

Sunil Badami

As Sunil Badami, Guardian reporter says, just as men have beard pride, and movember, (and so have the freedom to grow their own facial hair, and feel free to do that), that women could have muffember, too.¬†Sunil, I’m on board.

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“No decent person would criticise how dark someone‚Äôs skin is today. So why it is OK to pass judgment on their body hair, or¬†any¬†aspect of their physical appearance?”

 

Lady Gaga

After this shoot in Candy magazine there was a shock reaction from the tabloids. I think it’s super hot.

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“Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.”

 

Rhiannon Schneiderman

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“Why is it strange to have long, glorious pubes? Why is it gross for women to have armpit hair or leg hair? Why do any of these things make people uncomfortable? Why is it okay to openly criticize someone else’s body?”

 

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer likes to show off her map of Tasmania.

“Short and sweet and shaped like a triangle.”

Mary Quant

Famously known for sporting a stylish green heart. Also the creator of the mini skirt. That woman rocks.

Mary Quant

“When you choose your fields of labor go where nobody else is willing to go.”

 

So, there you have it! Many bush inspirations!

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“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be someone who doesn’t like peaches.” Betty Page

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What do you think of these pussy pioneers? Let me know in the comments below ūüôā