MrMary Responds || It’s Time for Women to Take Back Armpit Hair, Seriously?

I didn’t even know armpit hair was gone or had been regaled to such a status that it needed to be taken back from obscurity ?I really don’t get sentiments like this maybe because I am a dude. Check it out:


Pubic hair, once the public province of men, has been making a comeback with the ladies, with Emer O’Toole of The Guardian declaring 2014 to be “the year of the bush.” No more mowing the lawn for us! Hell, even fake mustaches for women have become a female fashion statement in the last decade. They’ve shown up on everyone from Demi Lovato to Miley Cyrus to Katy Perry.

But we draw a line at armpit hair. Even Madonna, the high femme goddess herself, can’t get away with sporting some scruff in her pits. When she Instagrammed a picture of her hairy armpits last week, she was quickly chastised for failing to stay within the bounds of acceptable feminine expression.

Seriously Now

This article says that it’s high time that female armpit hair be considered or recognized as high fashion. I give it 3-4 months before armpit shaming becomes a thing. There was a call in the comment section for hairy pits to unite. Someone else rationalized that if men can do it and our having armpit hair isn’t considered nasty, then women armpit hair shouldn’t be considered disgusting. After I read the article, I had one question, well two questions..



So putting honor killing aside and the massive issues facing women today introducing armpit hair back into the mainstream consciousness through fashion, this is what is important ? What does this have to do with feminism?

Upon further research, it turns out that armpit hair is a major point of contention. I learned about ArmpitsForAugust (dubbed as a girls’ answer to Movember) aims to raise awareness and money for PCOS, a condition which causes obesity, acne and hirsutism, by encouraging women to grow out their armpit hair during the hottest month of the year.” The charity’s founder had this to say:

“We believe the shame a lot of people feel about their body hair is a consequence of living in a society that regulates, controls and dictates that female-assigned bodies must conform to incredibly narrow beauty standards, and which upholds a rigid gender binary that deems body hair a ‘masculine’ trait.”

I don’t get it. If you don’t want to shave don’t. If you want to, do it. There is still  a market for 70’s porn meaning that there are still a decent enough number of dudes out there who love the crinkle-crinkle of female body hair and grainy old videos. I found the article a bit self-indulgent in that there was no discussion of different cultural ideas or takes on body hair. There was this one view and its opposition. It was very narrow in its scope.

Anyways tell me what you think



  1. “I don’t get it. If you don’t want to shave don’t. If you want to, do it.”

    It isn’t that simple, Id rather have hairy armpits, but apparently it’s disgusting, its all very well to do as you please, but it takes a stronger person that me to ignore people saying ‘ewwwwwwww’ about my body.


    • I had to ask Mrs Mary, and she told me about the stigma that having armpit hair carries in certain places. She told me she does it for hygenic purposes.

      I have read some women say they they feel oppressed by having to maintain this ideal of beauty. DO you feel oppressed then or is it different for you



  2. Hmmm maybe more resentful. If I leave my body in its natural, hairy state I am considered by a great many people as gross or even unhygienic. I used to work at this hippy place in Turkey and we all just let our armpits and legs get hairy, it didn’t seem like a big deal cause everyone did it, and if the boys didn’t like it, they hid it well cause our hairiness sure didn’t put a damper on the free love vibe that was happening.
    When I left I was going to keep my pits hairy. I was like ‘fuck you society and your standards’. It took just a few ‘WTF you are disgusting’ comments from people I knew to send me scurrying into the shower, razor in hand.
    Women’s armpit hair shouldn’t be a big deal at all but for a lot of people it is. If a celebrity has hairy pits on the red carpet it’s all over magazines.


  3. I heard that that hair was Photoshopped on — hahaha! And, if you’ve seen pictures of her from the 1970s, her armpit hair was dark brown.

    At any rate I agree with you — what’s the big deal?


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