Hairy matters

Armpits 4 August: Ladies, drop your razors

If, as Judith Butler said, femininity is a performance, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome makes it hard to put on a show. Women diagnosed with PCOS, caused by elevated testosterone, often have abnormal hair growth. Thick, dark hair sprouts on chests, upper lips, chins, and elsewhere. Cat Gray, a PCOS patient, who sometimes shaves up to twice a day, decided to take a month off and encourages women everywhere to join her to de-stigmatize female body hair.  Similar to “no-shave November” celebrated by men, Armpits 4 August encourages women to not shave for a month and embrace their natural hair growth. “Seeing other women who expose their condition and are still totally gorgeous has convinced me that attitudes can and will change,” Gray said.

Read it at the Guardian

July 19, 2013 1:49 PM