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Armpits 4 August

This year I am taking part in Armpits 4 August.

Armpits 4 August banner

Armpits 4 August is like a feminist answer to Movember. The idea is that anyone who self-identifies as a woman (whether cis or trans) can take part by growing their armpit hair for the month of August. As with Movember, the goal is to raise money for charity, and raise awareness of an illness that is rarely talked about. Armpits 4 August’s chosen charity is Verity, who are the UK charity for people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

I first heard about Armpits 4 August a few months ago, via social media. As a relatively newly-found feminist, I was intrigued, and decided to read more. I had never even heard of PCOS before, and I think that that alone is enough reason to take part. According to their website, approximately 10% of women suffer from PCOS, and yet I didn’t even know it existed!

A big part of events like Armpits 4 August are not only raising money, but also raising awareness. There’s lots of helpful information about PCOS on the Armpits 4 August website here.

But Armpits 4 August is an important event, not just for people with PCOS, but for everyone. The amount of misogyny levelled at women (or those perceived as such) on a daily basis is simply staggering, as shown by the Everyday Sexism project.

A fairly major part of this sexism revolves around societal standards of ‘beauty’. From a startlingly young age, girls are taught that they will start to grow more body hair around the age of 12, or whenever puberty decides to strike, but that this is disgusting and they should shave it off as soon as it begins to grow! Combined with fat-shaming, and all the other body-shaming tactics that the media and society churn out, women are constantly bombarded with images and ideas of how they ‘should’ look. This unrelenting pressure to look and act a certain way, this idea that a woman’s body is not even her own, is damaging beyond belief.

Well, I’ve got news for you. It’s MY body. There is nothing disgusting or shameful about having body hair, or spots, or blemishes, or not wearing makeup, or not having perfectly coiffed hair, or not wearing high heels. If I want to shave, or wear makeup, or do any of those things, then I will, but it is my choice, not anyone else’s.

A collage subvertisment that reads 'Imagine never having to shave again! It's easy Just Smash The Patriarchy'

Imagine never having to shave again…

So, this year, I am taking a stand, and taking part. I have been growing my body hair for a few months now, partly in preparation for Armpits 4 August. I have decided to keep my existing pit hair, instead of shaving it off and starting over, as I intend to try dying it, and wanted to make sure the hair would be long enough!

I will be documenting my progress over the coming month on my Tumblr account – Angry Activist Artist  as well as my Twitter account @MyWrath

If you would like to sponsor me, you can do so here. Anything you can give would be very much appreciated.

Alternatively you can visit the main Armpits 4 August justgiving page.

If you would like to find out more about the charity Verity itself, please check out their website.

Check your privilege, douchebag

TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE AND PRIVELEGE DENYING DOUCHEBAGS

Hey, you know who denies rape culture? RAPISTS!
You know who thinks a picture of some creepy guy watching vulnerable women sleep, or someone’s husband coming up behind them with chloroform is funny? RAPISTS!
You know who really doesn’t find this kind of thing funny? At least 1 in 4 women, who have been raped.
I’m sorry that you are so far up your own ass that you cannot see how never having woken up with some guy on top of you, with their cock inside you, raping you is FUCKING PRIVILEGE. But to a lot of women, in EVERY country these kind of experiences ARE a reality.
I’m sorry that I don’t live in Somalia and no one has ever mutilated my genitals. But that doesn’t mean I’ve never been raped. Just because I’m white and was raised middle class doesn’t mean no one’s ever taken advantage of me. I know I have some privilege, and I have never in my life tried to deny that. But I’m not so fucking privilieged that I can look at an ad that normalises rape and stalking and domestic violence and think that it’s just ‘silliness’ and nothing to get upset about.
I HAVE EVERY FUCKING RIGHT TO BE THIS ANGRY YOU SILENCING, RAPE APOLOGIST WANKER, BECAUSE UNLIKE YOU, BOTH ME AND MOST OF MY FEMALE FRIENDS HAVE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE RAPED AND WE DON’T APPRECIATE PEOPLE MAKING LIGHT OF IT AND USING TO SELL THEIR FUCKING PRODUCTS.