The New York Times wonders about the inside on the sordid details of what it means to be an unshorn woman, but really, it’s not that hard of a question to answer, especially in 2010.
The Times feels that when celebrity women appear on the red carpet au natural that it’s a usually a horrific accident and an obvious oversight, but according to Mo’Nique’s latest red carpet debut, this is clearly not the case. Their other assumed MO is that these same women are “making a statement.”
However, the paper phoned an expert on the subject: Amanda Palmer, former singer for the Dresden Dolls, who also recently showed up in the Hollywood public eye sporting normal, natural body hair. When asked if she was making a big, bold statement, Palmer stated that she was not, despite the fact that some celebrities do give it the whole gusto and claim that women shouldn’t be tied to a Bic and soap-on-a-rope just because culture sees it as fit.
While many men (and women) are taken aback at hair growing where … well, where hair just grows, is considered something of a turnoff, I think the only thing perpetuating the aforementioned fact is the people who are consistently asking themselves and others whether or not their natural body hair will turn others away — and off. My advice? Don’t even question it and do what you feel is truly comfortable.
So, in response to the headline: What does it mean when women are hairy?
It means the exact same thing as it does when a man is hairy: it’s their choice, their very own personal prerogative shining through, and it’s these same women (and men) disconnecting themselves from allowing society to dictate each and every decision that they consider during their short time on this planet.
And good for that.