The controversy of folowing the fuckability mandate.

The Belle Jar wrote a frank entry trying to untangle feminists’ positions on following the fuckability mandate. Unfortunately the comments section is full of mansplainers, so it’s at best an exercise in futility, but the entry is great.

For one thing, I’m not sure that a lot of women do actually feel like they have a choice about removing body hair. I mean, yes, technically, they do get to choose what happens to their body, but it’s pretty hard to feel like you’re actually making a fair, unbiased “choice” when your options are a) removing your body hair and enjoying the approval of our society or b) not removing your body hair and being on the receiving end of stupid jokes, insults and even harassment because of this. It’s pretty hard to frame it as a “choice” when society overwhelmingly approves of one option and punishes the other. So let’s not pretend that we’re not playing with loaded dice here.

One thought on “The controversy of folowing the fuckability mandate.

  1. Miep December 12, 2014 at 23:13 Reply

    Yeah, she gets it. I haven’t been reading her lately, I wonder how her expanded readership is affecting her politics.

    Love the second image with the au natural manniquins.

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