Januhairy: una pichaera clara para depilarse

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Let it grow.

En enero empiezan las resoluciones y los retos del año, hay quienes se animan en dejar de tomar alcohol, darle al gym para perder las libritas acumuladas en las navidades, otros tratan de levantarse más tempranito o simplemente dejar de fumar.

Resulta, que este año las redes sociales comenzaron inundadas con un “challenge” interesantísimo que promueve que la mujer deje de depilarse durante el mes de enero. ¿El nombre del “challenge”? Directito al grano: Januhairy.

Arte por Isaac Small

Si tuviéramos que describirlo, Januhairy podría definirse como la versión femenina del Movember, pero con una pequeña diferencia: Movember busca crear conciencia sobre temas de salud masculina, como el cáncer de próstata; Januhairy, por su parte, promueve el movimiento body positive.

La idea comenzó cuando Laura Jackson, estudiante de arte de dramático, dejó crecer el vello corporal de sus axilas como parte de un monólogo feminista. Más allá de la cuestión artística, esta joven sintió el rechazo de quienes le rodeaban, por lo que decidió comenzar una campaña en las redes sociales para animar a otras mujeres a dejar de depilarse durante el mes. La aceptación y las críticas han estado ‘non stop’.

“Me dejé crecer el vello corporal para un performance que realicé como parte de mis estudios de Teatro en mayo de 2018 […] Después de unas semanas de acostumbrarme, comenzó a gustarme mi vello natural. También me gustó no tener que atravesar el incómodo proceso de rasurarme”

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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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