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Amber Rose will not save feminism or completely dismantle body hair negativity for good - and she doesn't have to. Her activism is powerful in the ways that it starts the conversation for those who are not embracing feminism already.

Summer is nearly here, which means that conversations about body hair, body positivity, and feminism are heating up once again. The conversation of how body hair plays into body positivity and feminism isn't a new one. Since second wave feminism, women and femmes have been fighting for the freedom to present in the ways that make them the most comfortable for decades. Body hair, much like every other aspect of a femme-presenting person's appearance, is political in that it is a conscious and unconscious personal choice. It is something that one chooses based on emotion, and/or societal pressure, and/or survival. There are so many factors that influence whether someone decides to shave, including why, where and how. Body hair is interesting in that through its heavy policing, it can become a weapon for unconscious femininity and misogyny.

White women's racism will cut you in the dark and then ask you why you’re bleeding.

By Rachael Edwards
It was the thick of Black History Month and I worked as an art administrator for a program in Baltimore City. The site I was assigned to was managed by a white woman who cloaked her racism with a bright smile and photos on Facebook with Black students that garnered “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” from the white liberal peanut gallery in the comment section. I once told her that since we celebrated Latinx Heritage Month, that we should celebrate Black History Month with our students. Her response, dripping with anti-Blackness, was that celebrating Black History Month would be “too overwhelming”. I was stunned and felt my stomach knot up in the most horrific way. At most of our team meetings, I was the only woman of color. Since the students we were working with were minorities, one would think that I would be the voice they tune into the most. My ideas and suggestions were often met with a, “Yes, Rachael we hear you, but that is not quite what we are looking for.” I later found out that the white woman running these meetings told another white woman colleague that “the stereotype about Black woman was true”, and she topped off her racist statement by saying Black women are “difficult to work with”.

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