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French women making a statement online by showing off body hair

By WITW Staff on July 13, 2016

Women in France are taking to social media to fight the taboo of body hair by posting photos of their unshaved armpits and legs, using the hashtag “Les Princesses Ont Des Poils” (which translates to: “Princesses have body hair”). The hashtag was invented by 16-year-old Adele Labo, who came up with it after being bullied in school for not shaving, and quickly became a trending topic on Twitter in France. “I think society stigmatizes women, there is massive social pressure over body hair,” Labo said, inviting other people to post pictures of their natural hair.  Many heeded her call, posting photos of their armpits or legs, even though there was some backlash as well, with some people calling the photos “disgusting” and accusing her of being a “feminazi.” Other people took the hashtag less seriously, with men posting photos of their chest hair and others tweeting pictures of their cat. Labo insisted that she was not trying to tell anyone what to do, or not to shave, but only wanted to emphasize that women should be free to do whatever they want with their own bodies.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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