I am really glad that Lady Gaga did this video because although it seems a bit odd, it showed the world that she looks like an Average girl underneath all her clothes! Those boobs are definitely real, am I right? What I'd like to rant about is the way the media is talking about this story! I turned on TMZ today and heard the comments from the guys about her nice boobs and how she is completely hairless, "like completely", as stated with stupid grins on their faces. TMZ is notorious for being sexist and just plain old rude yet we keep watching television programs like these for "entertainment" purposes (if you continued watching you would witness a clip of Kate Upton walking down the runway to a guy's voice..."Boinga Boinga Boinga"). It's such a shame that the media takes advantage of what girls enjoy (celebrities!) and turns it into something sexist and rude. The media feeds into our very own perceptions of our body image which is such a problem because the media judges women and holds them up to unrealistic standards. Hence the excitement from the round table over Gaga's hairlessness.
While I think it's every girl's right to wear their hair however they want...on their head or otherwise...I think it's important to point out that these fashions are determined by the media. I can just see it now, "hey, how can we think of another way to make women hate their bodies? I know, let's promote wax and razors by telling them it's disgusting to have ANY body hair"! Yes, the media has created insecurity among women about what is natural so that they can make money! They also have made it so that men desire what they see in the media, which is mostly hairless women. Talk about being forced! The practice of removing hair, specifically pubic hair, is clearly linked to the trend in pornography. While I'm not going to talk too much about all my issues with pornography and the issue I have with infantilizing women (that's for another post), I do think it's important to point out how ridiculous it is for men to gawk at a hairless celebrity. Like are they really surprised? Have you seen half of her costumes?
Anyways, I think it's important for Average girls to know that hair on the body is normal, even if it isn't accepted by society. Does that mean that I don't partake in hair removal practices? Nope, it's what I've been socialized to believe is right and my own ideas of outer beauty have been shaped by what I've learned. I do however understand why I think the way I do and I think being informed about why we do what we do is key to becoming satisfied with the bodies we've got! We've been taught that in order to be considered beautiful and feminine, we cannot have hair on our bodies (including our underarms, legs, arms and pubic area!). Removing hair has become a normal part of being female in society...it takes work, self governing and discipline to be a woman today and to be a man...well it takes a significantly less amount of work. We are taught to be the object of a man's attention and desire...and in order to be considered worthy of this attention, today we have to be hairless. Psht.
What do you think about this? What do you think life would be like without the "hairless" expectation? What would you do with all that spare time and money? What is the longest you've gone without shaving or waxing?