Do you know what makes life colorful and interesting? The answer is not Pentel crayons, or cartoon, or money. It’s the existence of women that makes the world not boring. We, women, always have ways to make the world turn to us. When men disagree, they tend to fight. On the other hand, women are far more creative to show their objections, for instance: braless rally.
Due to bitter history the gender has undergone, women strive for equality in many forms of defiance actions. We demand the same right and freedom as men can get, from education opportunity, political rights to self-expression freedom. It seems that today’s feminist generation puts more focus on body-conscious statement rather than other women-related concerns even though until now there are still gender preference and discrimination in the work-osphere. We’re sick and tired of obeying the tiresome beauty standards and seemingly demand the EXACT same right for physical image expression and want men to agree with it. For example, they say, if it’s okay for men to be topless then so is for women (which must be very welcomed by men). They—now I change the pronoun—also want men to accept all women’s human-nature conditions without asking women to give effort to change them, from “all body types are beautiful” campaign to the eyebrow-raising stance of unshaven armpits and pubic hair. But have we—or probably they—gone too far in the name of ‘raising awareness’ for self-expression equality and freedom?
I totally believe that all women are beautiful and unique in their own bodies, complexion, shapes, etc. and we should not be pressured by the beauty standards set by men. I support that we all should be given equal rights and opportunity in many aspects of life. I object the ancient stereotypical description on women made by male authors. I disrespect all the men who still proudly underestimate our sex. But showing off vibrant-colored-armpits and unshaven pubic hair?? Count me out.
As also a part of the sex, even I am often startled by some statements and campaigns meant to raise awareness. Nowadays, it sounds exaggerated to name #Dyedpits phenomenon the weirdest feminist movement. Teenagers post their photos in bikinis with their pubic hair sticking out from their bikinis. A woman joined London marathon without tampon to raise awareness, the cause is called #FreeBleeding. Their ideas are that menstruation is natural and should not be hidden and that tampons and pads are MAN-made inventions intended to inadvertently rape a woman during her period. How unbelievable!!
These movements are serious movements, I mean, they really mean it. Each movement has sites. I didn’t know how to react when I read ‘catchy and deep’ sites’ names such as “Free Your Pits”. My comical brain started to imagine tons of armpits in a demonstration demanding to be free with banners on their hands written with things like this: “We want freedom and justice!” , “Free us from deodorant and razors! We have rights to grow and you, humans, have to be proud of what and how we are!” or “Love us the way you love the hair on your heads! Braid us!”.
Eva Arnaz, Indonesia's Armpit Hair Icon in the 70s
I start to imagine what if the men were as creative as we are. Most women take more time and tend to be late on dates, then, would they make such sites like, womendisrespectingmenslife.com ??
I know and believe that we, women, are probably doing these things for a good cause. I agree that women should be allowed to make decisions about their own bodies. But I just don’t share the enthusiasm. Excuse me for being unable to understand how dyed armpits and the ‘free flow’ can demonstrate my feminist belief, and for being not able to believe that those are the best ways to raise awareness. Now, I may sound like a granny to them, or maybe to you.