09 de enero de 2019 · 09:35 hs.
Para reivindicar la aceptación del vello corporal femenino y hacerle frente a las convenciones sociales, una estudiante de 21 años del Reino Unido lanzó una campaña que invita a las mujeres a no depilarse durante el mes de enero.
“La sociedad parece comportarse como si el cabello natural que crece en nuestros cuerpos no fuera atractivo, sino desagradable”, argumenta Laura Jackson, fundadora de Januhary (juego de palabras que une los términos “enero” y “peludo”).
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
Según cuenta la joven en el perfil de Instagram en el que difunde la idea, se trata de “un experimento para que las mujeres se unan y se animen unas a otras” para decirle adiós a la cera, la afeitadora o cualquier otra técnica de depilación durante el primer mes del 2019.
Jackson dejó crecer sus pelos mientras preparaba un monólogo sobre la mujer en la sociedad moderna en mayo pasado. “Tras unas semanas, empecé a acostumbrarme, me empezó a gustar mi cabello natural, me gustó librarme de la incómoda depilación y me sentí liberada”, sostuvo.
Sin embargo, mientras la confianza en sí misma aumentaba, también lo hacía el rechazo de su entorno: “Me di cuenta de que aún nos queda mucho para poder aceptarnos unos a otros de una forma plena y real”.
"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
La propuesta también busca visibilizar el crowfunding de Jackson para recaudar dinero destinado a la ONG Body Gossip, que reeduca a niños y jóvenes sobre el concepto de perfección y los estándares de belleza difundidos en la sociedad, a través de charlas en colegios e institutos.
"Su apoyo ayudará a Body Gossip a impulsar su programa de educación, con el objetivo de cambiar las mentes jóvenes y sus opiniones sobre sus cuerpos", resaltó la joven.
Wow, this grew so much in the space of just a few days (no pun intended). Thank you to everyone who is getting involved and/or supporting Januhairy! As I am sure you have seen already, the support from you will help Body Gossip further their education program, aiming to change young minds and their views on their bodies. The wonderful women who have signed up, shared some of their stories about their experiences with body hair. So many women have highlighted their experiences in school environments, whether it was a fear of being laughed at in the changing room, or the endless days of always trying to fit in...How damaging is it that when young people are trying to find who they are, they are fixed into this ideology of who they should be? It is evident that body image has a large impact on all of us and this is especially challenging in school environments. • • • “The Body Gossip Education Programme is a multi-award winning self-esteem class aimed at teenagers aged 13-18 of both genders. It is delivered by the Self-Esteem Team. The classes give students a unique insight into the worlds of internet, media, fashion and beauty so that they can negotiate them on their own terms with confidence. Body Gossip have been teaching self-esteem classes since 2008 and to date have worked with more than 30,000 teenagers in schools and colleges throughout the UK. As featured in the Times Educational Supplement, our aim is to inspire, uplift and entertain and NEVER to patronise. We believe our class will be relevant to every student in the room. A recent feedback assessment showed 84% of our students described themselves as being more body confident after taking part in our class.” https://www.bodygossip.org/ • • • Body Gossip’s message rings true to Januhairy’s; lets learn to embrace what we are shaming about ourselves. The crowd funder link is in the bio… #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpower #selflove #feminine