“Well… do you like it?” Jessie’s dad asks, standing by her side as they both look at the new vanity he made for her.
All of my life
I’ve been a hairy girl
My arms? Covered!
My legs? Covered!
My upper lip
(My god, even my knuckles? Hair can grow there too???)
I dreaded wearing basketball shorts to P.E. 4th period
I was always embarrassed, always mocked
Chewbacca… Very original
White girls with blonde arm hair
They shimmer in the sun
But thick dark hair drapes over my skin
It doesn’t sparkle or shine
For so long I’ve been ashamed of my body
But then…. lo and behold…
White Feminism™ decided it’s COOL to be hairy
Thanks, White Feminism™!
I’m still trying to love all my hair
I stopped shaving my arms and stomach
(I saved thousands of $$$!)
I look back and cringe at the memory of bleaching my arm hair
I wish I could have told little me that she was beautiful
Her hair didn’t make her “manly” or ugly
It’s natural, everyone has body hair, who cares?
So this one goes out to all my hairy girls
Your hair is beautiful
Your hair on your arms and legs and knuckles and stomach
Even your hair on your toes, especially those hairs
All of your hair
All of it
All of you