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I don’t need to burn my bra to be feminist and I shall not grow the hairs of my armpit to feel like a real bitch.

Everyone’s buzzing about the underarm hair trend and I’m like: da fuck?

There are trends I can get behind. ‘90s chokers, purple and green tresses. I’ll even support the ‘show your Calvin’s knickers’ moment. But growing manly hairs under my armpits? Nah, homie.

Here’s the thing: I hardly want the man in my 1000-thread count sheets having armpit hair, you think I’ll be crowd-surfing at Made in America fest with my hands in the air with type 2 curl hair pouring out the sides of my racer-back tee? Nope!

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Seems I’m a growing minority. Today loads of women are showing the world their underarm hairs on YouTube and Instagram. Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have even joined the moment with colored armpit hair. But that doesn’t shock anyone now does it?

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The new trend isn’t merely for the sake of hair growth, it’s a women’s rights message.

According to the Post, women in China had a “Armpit Hair Competition” in protest of societal pressures women have for hair removal in the country. The competition went down on Sina Weibo, a microblogging site and earned over 1.7 million views. Impressive. I still say nope.

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And back home in the good United States of A, the trend is popping off beyond Madonna and Miley Cyrus, young women of color are even embracing the look and are proudly showing off hairy armpits with the hashtag  #NoShave.

London-based Photographer Ben Hopper recently shot over 20 women in a photo series who happily posed with furries in headlocks. Hooper was interviewed in March about the project he called “Natural Beauty” and says hairy armpits on girls are sexy. *eye rolls*

“It’s a very unconventional look,” the photographer said via video conference. “So if you’re not used to something it kind of intrigues a lot of stuff.” Hopper then went on to compare the trend to topless women and cleavage. No, sir. No.

I’m starting a Kickstarter for Veet hair removal for the masses. Or better, a Change.org petition. Ladies, no one wants to see your hairy pits! Don’t forget hair-filled legs and let us touch and agree to remove excessive kitty hairs, too. Yes?

But alas, what I am here for is women’s right to expression—our right to choose and our right to own our bodies and that includes abortion, our right to flats and I guess *cringes* baby afros under armpits.

Are you feeling the armpit hair trend? Sound off!

photo credit: ben hopper, getty images

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.

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