Je oksels en benen scheren? Niet in Januhairy

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Ben jij wat minder fanatiek met het scheren van je oksels en benen in de winter? Dan doe je eigenlijk al een beetje mee aan Januhairy.

Een beweging van vrouwen die zich de hele maand januari niet scheren.

Zelfverzekerd mét lichaamshaar

Mannen hebben ‘Movember’ in november, waarin ze hun snor kunnen laten staan om aandacht te vragen voor prostaatkanker. En nu is dus Januhairy in het leven geroepen, door de 22-jarige studente Laura Jackson. “Lichaamshaar bij vrouwen wordt helaas nog steeds niet geaccepteerd”, legt ze hierover uit. “Media leren ons dat we ons alleen zelfverzekerd mogen voelen als onze benen glad, wenkbrauwen geëpileerd en oksels gewaxt zijn.”

Dag scheermesje

Volgens Laura vergeten we door al het gescheer, gewax en geëpileer hoe ons lichaam er écht uit ziet – inclusief lichaamsbeharing, dus. En daarom laat ze de boel de boel: onder haar oksels en op haar benen groeien nu zichtbare vachtjes. Dat vond haar omgeving in het begin wel even gek, maar toen ze haar motief uitlegde, kwam er toch wel wat begrip. “Waarom zouden wij lui genoemd moeten worden als we ons niet willen scheren?”

Goed doel

Ze hoopt dat andere meisjes en vrouwen zich ook zo vrij voelen om níet te scheren – en daar misschien zelfs foto’s van te delen op Instagram om het taboe te doorbreken. “Januhairy is een experiment voor vrouwen om samen te komen, elkaar aan te moedigen en om gesponsord te worden.” De dappere dame roept namelijk op om alle opbrengsten te doneren aan TreeSisters, een organisatie die zich inzet tegen klimaatverandering. Durf jij het aan, voor een maand?

Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about… I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy 🌵 #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe

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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”~Steve Maraboli • • • @i_am_morgie~ “…Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your “flaws” because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others.”👏 • • • All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge! We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60! ✨💃✨💃 Sign up and join in while you can! #3daysleft #januhairy #thenaturalrevolution #bodyhairmovement #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste#hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood #bodygossip

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@peterdevito 📸 ~ “Why does society still shame women for having body hair? If a woman has armpit hair, she’s apparently “disgusting”, “unkept” or has “bad hygiene”, but if a man has armpit hair, no one says anything because “he’s a man”…really? That’s the only reasoning we need? If you leave a comment about your opinion, please also leave your reasoning.” ⠀ Model: @loveaprilkae ❤️🌵👑 #januhairy #bodyhair #acceptance #bodyhairmovement #thenaturalrevolution #happyandhairy #ownyourtruth

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“There was this time where puberty was just commencing and gifted me a full-blown pube-stache, and to be given a razor to snip it off was a dream. I was thrilled to remove my hair and have baby soft, hairless skin. I was excited to finally be “beautiful”. Until this little fantasy turned into a nightmare. Wherein I found myself disgusting. And if I couldn’t wax it off, I shaved it all. If I was too lazy to do it, I just wouldn’t go out. Because I couldn’t look like that when I was going out, could I? I associated myself with something untidy, unpleasant, and loving myself turned into this tedious task because I couldn’t. Until I was spotless. I had to be spotless every day. I couldn’t miss a patch. I couldn’t feel like a “cactus”. I couldn’t have them calling me a cactus. Because that’s how it should be, right? Because that’s what they said, that’s what they like. I now know I could. I could grow, and be just the way I am and be loved for it. I want to grow. And I want you to see. That I’m done. I’m wild and goddamn free.” ~ @eleanorysabelle by @jackiemaz94 via @hara_thelabel #januhairy #feminine #acceptyourself #feminist #challengeyourthoughts

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@alys.myosotis shares her wise words. Translation from french to English:⠀ ⠀ “I no longer have a complex about my body hair; I love it now. Regardless of others telling me it bothers them and that I should shave. I take them off only when I want.⠀ My body, my choices.⠀ Deconstruct your stereotypes, deconstruct your opinion about hairs. Yes it’s clean, feminine, masculine and adult. If you don’t accept that, go fuck yourself, it will certainly do you some good.”👏💃🌵⠀ ⠀ #januhairy #acceptyourself #bodyhairpolitics #bodyhairpositive #bodyhair #hairywomenappreciation

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@they.them.ryse teaching what needs to be taught in our schools today ~ “Today in our puberty lesson I talk to all of my students about where body hair is likely to show up, and not just in the normal places they may think of, we talked about extra body hair on our stomachs, arms, faces, lips and chest for all genders. — We talked about pubic hair and how as you grow older it is common for your hair to cover more and more area. — We also talked about labia minora and majora… how they come in different shapes, sizes, colors and length… to the whole class. —- We talked about why the topic of our bodies is uncomfortable and what our society’s role is in making us feel shame. —— We talked about why it’s important not to separate the class by genders to have these talks and how knowledge is power and we need to know our bodies and how bodies of any of our future partners may work. — We talked about “out of the norm” topics like how any gender can grow breasts. And we talked about how important it is to de sexualize breasts. —- We talked about how much shame and hurt it causes people who are judged for their bodies and the changes it’s going through. —- It was an amazing talk. Tomorrow we will have a q and a. I’m excited to see what more they want to talk about. —- I showed my leg hair again and the kids showed me theirs lol 😂 —- I said about 16161892 times “gender is a social construct” I hope they get it now hahah ▪️▪️▪️▪️ #bodyhairdontcare #nonbinary #nonbinaryfemme #unapologeticallyme #unapologeticallyblack #leghairdontcare #sexeducation “ ~The world needs more people like Ryse👏🏽👏🏾👏🏻👏🏿

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