It pains me to see just how distorted our perception of the female body has become and it disgusts me to know, that we have reached such a point in society, that women are expected to alter their natural bodies to be considered acceptable.
This week, Instagram has shown us how far gone our society is in regards to this issue, when they took down a photograph of artist Petra Collins, who posted an instagram picture of her in her bathing suit. The scandal? An unshaven bikini line.
It is appalling to think, that of the hundreds of thousands of women who post pictures of themselves in their bikinis on social media everyday, this one was censored because of what is ultimately a woman in her natural state.
When did our society because so superficial, that pubic hair – something each and every one of us has – became “unfeminine” and “offensive”?
We live in a society which has created an unspoken criteria of female beauty, criteria which quite frankly, is unrealistic. We have these expectations of tall, slim, tan, young, hairless women, who spends hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of dollars on products, and operations, to meet this standard.
We have become a society of superficial, obsessive, followers, who all fall at the feet of consumerism and vanity. We spend so much time focusing on our exterior, that for the most part we lose out on true happiness.
I am just as bad as the next person in this regard. I put on make-up every day, and straighten my hair, and go to the gym. I’m fussy about the way things look on me, and the clothes I wear. And much like most women of this time, I also maintain a hair-free body, for fear that I will be judged for walking around the streets with underarms that show a slight 5 o’clock shadow, or legs that are not perfectly smooth.
It’s a sickness… a disease, and we have all fallen victim to it. I just hope that people like Petra Collins continue to make a stand for this issue, in the hopes that one day, women can feel comfortable in their own skin.
- The Short & Curlies: Our Double-Standards (pussyhasfurballs.wordpress.com)
- Media’s Censorship of the Female Body (girlpower1.wordpress.com)
- Instagram Deletes Designer’s Account over Pubic Pic (newsfixnow.com)