As we all wait for our next payday (yes we were warned about having to stretch our December salaries over what feels like three months in one), a refreshing campaign that actually encourages women to grow their body hair with pride has been started by Laura Jackson, a drama student from the UK.
While growing body hair as always been regarded as a no-no for women in society, the Januhairy movement seems to have been received really well as many people take to social media using the hashtag Januhairy, coupled with pictures of hairy legs and armpits.
Here are some of the posts.
This one reads "It's Januhairy people, let your body hair shine [...]"
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It's #januhairy people!! ?? Let your body hair shine my #womxn loves ?? But seriously though, the whole female body hair shaming fuckery that's going on in this society needs to fucking die. Like right ???? now ????!! If people been #cunts about it, they can go die on Jupiter, for all i care. Ion give a fuck... ?????? Shaving. Not shaving. Ion care. You do you and respect others choices to do what they want with their body. PERIOD!! #bodypositive #intersectionality #intersectionalfeminism #bodyhairdontcare #bodyhair #mybodymychoice #dontbeacunt #respect #fuckgenderroles #womenagency #happywithyourself
While this one read "I have been unwittingly participating in this movement this month, it's important that female body hair is normalised [...]"
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Hiyaaaa it’s me parading my pits on the internet again in solidarity with #januhairy and to celebrate the overwhelmingly positive response to the hairy leg comic I posted yesterday! If you fancy a scroll I wanted to share some of the great comments I saw. I always used to share nasty, troll-y stuff but that’s NOT representative of all the amazing support I get here.?? . If you’re a hairy person or just want to support others people’s bodily autonomy, go and check out @janu_hairy who are campaigning to raise money throughout January for @_bodygossip to help further their education program aiming to change young minds and their views on body image. . https://www.bodygossip.org/home . If one of these comments is yours THANK YOU! I keep all the comments I share anonymous just in case anyone doesn’t want their comment to be super public. . ??Shave if you want to shave. Don’t if you don’t. If you feel like telling other people what to do with their bodies: fuck off.?? . ??Body hair is not unhygienic. It’s the same as their hair on your head. But if you want to get rid of it for any reason that’s okay too. Let people do whatever they wana do with their own bods.??
According to Today, Laura had grown her hair for a performance but soon began to embrace the fuzz and decided to keep it. She then started an Instagram page called Januhairy and invited others to join the movement.
"After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair" she captioned this Instagram post on the Januhairy page.
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Hi I’m 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 didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t 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. It’s 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 don’t 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 something/see 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 isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t 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 pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy ?? #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe
The Januhairy movement is not only creating a platform to encourage women and everyone really to be accepting of hair growth on the female body but is also raising funds for Body Gossip, which is an education program that aims to change the way young people view body image.
And we love it!
While we're at it, we'll be leaving the hair on our nipples, under our nose and wherever else it grows to just do it's thing.