Two women have caused a stir online after declaring ‘you don’t have to be bald to go to the beach’.
It is your personal choice to shave, wax or grow your body hair. There’s no wrong way your body looks,” Sarah stated in the now-viral post.
“You don’t owe anyone a smooth, bump-free, hairless body!” Don’t let your body hair or razor bumps stop you from wearing the bikini, being intimate or making fond memories,” she said.
Her friend Bella agreed — admitting that she thought pubes were gross and something to be ashamed of.
“Now I know it’s normal, natural and human.
“You don’t have to be bald to wear a bikini,” she said.
Two women have caused a stir online after declaring ‘you don’t have to be bald to go to the beach’
The controversial post went viral – with more than 40,000 people joining in the highly confrontational conversation.
Many agreed with the content creators and thanked them for their work to normalize body hair.
“Can we have more posts about pubic hair like Sara’s to normalize it please please. My hair grows further down my thighs and I’m so embarrassed about it and I have to maintain it constantly and I’d love to be able to go to the beach or the pool while it’s visible and it doesn’t bother people,” one woman said .
“So wild that we have to ‘normalize’ something that is normal,” added another.
Sarah Puhto and Bella Davis proudly posed in tiny bathing suits with their natural bikini lines to make their point
Others thanked them for simply going against the grain when people questioned their motives.
But aren’t social constructs made to break down if they do more harm than good? Following traditions has never been a good justification for literally anything.’
“It’s always so important to see posts like this about body hair because I have a lot of body hair and it’s nice to know I’m not alone,” said another woman.
Not everyone shared the content creators’ view on body hair.
‘I would never wear a bikini with such a full, hairy bikini line, never, not even for a fee. In addition to gender issues, there are also cultural aspects,” said one woman.
Some said they have a problem with hair being ‘less hygienic’.
“For me, it’s not about looks, it’s about hygiene,” said one woman.
“It’s gross, and at least I don’t want any pubic hair in the water I’m swimming in,” another slammed.
But others shot down their hygiene claims.
‘It’s actually the opposite. Removing your hair down there is something doctors don’t recommend because it actually acts as a barrier to protect you from infection. Bacteria, fungi and dirt end up in the hair and then you can rinse it off in the shower. If there’s no hair, there’s no buffer to protect it,” one woman explains.
Bella said she was raised to believe pubic hair is unclean and shameful, but now realizes it’s human
Sarah has a lot of posts about body positivity and celebrating normalcy on her feed
Some said body hair accentuates “private areas,” making them feel uncomfortable seeing it.
“I feel like I’m seeing something intimate and I’m a very private person myself in that area. I don’t have any reaction to armpit or hair on legs,” one woman said before thanking friends for the post.
Another woman said the post made her think.
‘My skin reacts horribly to regular shaving, waxing makes me violent (hurts so much!) and hair removal cream on my under eye makes me feel like I’ve sat on a cactus.
‘Yet I persevere, because apparently it is ‘feminine to be hair-free’. My poor skin! Maybe I shouldn’t put my skin through hell!
Others took the opportunity to ask anyone who has “armpit hair” not to use public transport.