The Immodesty of Women Shaving

The Immodesty of Women Shaving

The practice may seem harmless, but is actually a beacon of immodesty and androgyny.

Typically, the protest against women shaving has been thought to come from a particular group of feminists shouting against the evils of double standards, while waving their burning bras like flags in the wind. There are times when this has been true, but what it is unfortunate that non-feminist—particularly Christian—voices have failed to stand up against the morally questionable practice of women shaving their bodies. Rather than being willing to critique the culture when necessary, Christian women have adopted its practices, particularly in the realm of shaving, and have actually compromised their modesty.

Hair removal may seem simple to most people—it is a way of feeling more feminine, beautiful and acceptable. That's it.

Except it's not.

It is a tool the Enemy has used in order that women might forfeit their modesty and true femininity. This is something that can be easily seen when one researches the history of hair removal, or simply reads the Bible.

Hair removal is not a new idea. Some of the earliest examples of it are found with the ancient Egyptians, and even the Greeks and Romans used pumice stones for that purpose.

Today, however, it is massively marketed all over the world and the cultural reasons had for shaving have more questionable origins.

For American women, hair removal and shaving in particular, was seldom done prior to the early twentieth century. Chicago Tribune writer Lauren R. Harrison gives the reason for this: "sleeveless dresses and sheerer fabrics became fashionable and hemlines rose."

Women did not simply decide to start shaving one day because they personally liked how it looked. Without the increasingly immodest hemlines and dresses, shaving likely never would have become a cultural norm. It was only because new areas of a woman's body were beginning to be displayed that there was any incentive for women to shave.

Harrison continues in her article:

"You see this kind of transformation of the female body — that women are increasingly to be looked at," Scanlon said of advertisements at the time. "There's sort of the promise that more and more women can gain access to beauty if they engage in these practices (like) shaving their armpits."

Again, it is clear that the purpose of shaving was not for personal gratification, but to show more skin and more flesh with the goal of being seen by men.

Today, this is still clearly the purpose of hair removal. As no shortage of memes suggests, when there is no fear of the area in question being seen, women quickly revert to not shaving.

The only purpose of women shaving is for those areas to be seen, otherwise, a particular area would not be exposed or groomed for viewing. This gets particularly concerning when women shave such areas as their upper thighs or higher. Even the armpit has historically sexual connotations. When painters have created works showing women with an exposed armpit, it is generally to have expressed sexual desire or themes. This is why so many Venuses and Aphrodites are shown with exposed armpits.A second main reason why shaving should trouble Christians is because of what the Bible says about a woman's hair. 1 Corinthians 11:15 clearly states, "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."

Now, it is true that this passage is referring to the hair on a woman's head. However, biology shows us that all of a woman's hair is a unique, beautiful covering.

In comparison to men, women have a faster rate of hair growth on their heads, more thin hair covering their bodies and less hair growth in certain regions. Occasionally, this is disrupted by a hormonal imbalance, which is not to be overlooked. However, the feminine estrogen hormone does leave a profound difference in the quantity and quality of male and female hair.

Shaving this is removing the covering and glory that body hair gives to women uniquely. It erases a difference between the sexes, thus actually striving for androgyny.

For Christian women, the issue of shaving thus becomes an essential one to their modesty, faith and roles. The abomination of hair removal cannot be assimilated into the Church. It must be addressed and women must be educated, lest they become as unbelievers through their beauty habits.

The End.

Not really.

So, the above piece is entirely satirical.

I decided to write my piece this way because one of the things I have noticed in our culture regarding satire is how incredibly obvious it is. This is not a bad thing in and of itself. Satire certainly can be blatantly obvious and get its point across. However, in the past, satire has not only been obvious. Sometimes, it has required reading the work before one realizes that it is satire—ridiculous titles and excessive hyperbole off the bat is not a given.

This is important, as it has seemed to create a culture unable to see the less obvious forms of satire. Granted, the Internet has introduced new obstacles in discerning the difference with so many people expressing opinions that may or may not be educated, informed, or use even the least bit of logic. However, not nearly as many things we tend to take seriously for what is said on the surface ought to be.

Second, and more importantly, while the article is satirical, I'm sure many readers have noticed that this could easily be put on a particular website for a given niche and be hailed and true, good and serious. This brings me to my other point: we need to argue better.

This article does not present a good argument. I would not even say it is good quality satire, merely another form of it. However, many serious arguments we present do flow like this. I encourage all of you, and myself, to write good arguments, not just belch out words and hot air and say everyone else's opinion is invalid because you clearly have more intelligence and your obviously biased sources are more credible (really, because you agree with them).

All in all, my encouragement in this article is twofold: let us read more and learn to discern what is and is not satire, and let us learn to argue better to avoid the previous confusion.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.


I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.


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