Like it or not, the image of the hairy feminist is a part of feminist history and like body hair the figure of the hairy feminist has become stigmatized haunting discussions of feminism since its second wave and casting feminists as ‘unfun’ and even feckless because body hair is not something to be taken seriously.

Summer 2015 though might be considered a watershed moment for body hair, with armpit hair in particular having its mainstream moment. Amongst this increased visibility there are also declarations that such rejections of the hairlessness norm are NOT feminist statements and I am intrigued by women stressing this (non-)facet of their abstentions. Could it be that consciously or not they feel the spectre of the unfun, unserious hairy feminist?

Here’s a selection of these rejections:

This Woman Refuses To Shave Her Armpits, And Gender Equality Is Only Part Of It

Why Chinese women like me aren’t ashamed of our body hair