JanuHairy: il movimento body positive che invita le ragazze a far crescere tutti i loro peli

Che cos'è e come è iniziato?

Ormai, avrai probabilmente sentito parlare di un movimento body positive chiamato #JanuHairy, che sta suscitando lentamente ma inesorabilmente sempre più attenzioni su Instagram. Ma cos'è veramente e chi l'ha iniziato? Il concept è stato ideato da una studentessa di recitazione dell'University of Exeter nel Regno Unito, chiamata Laura Jackson. La giovane ragazza dichiara di aver notato un cambiamento sostanziale e in positivo nella fiducia in se stessa, dopo aver fatto crescere tutti i peli del suo corpo per interpretare un ruolo.

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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about... I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy 🌵 #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe

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Come ha spiegato in un'intervista a The Independent: "L'accettazione dei peli sul corpo delle donne è purtroppo ancora una situazione difficile. Siamo descritte dai media come 'fiduciose' quando le nostre gambe sono lisce, le sopracciglia spennate e le ascelle depilate."

Laura vorrebbe che il tabù dei peli sul corpo femminile fosse cancellato definitivamente nel 2019:

"La società sembra comportarsi come se i peli naturali che crescono sui nostri corpi siano sgradevoli e di cattivo gusto".

Dopo aver coltivato con amore e orgoglio la sua peluria per diverse settimane, Laura ha dato il via a una pagina di Crowdfunding per supportare un'organizzazione chiamata Body Gossip, che utilizza l'arte e l'istruzione per insegnare alla persone come essere "la migliore versione di se stessi".

Così è nato l'hashtag #JanuHairy e un account Instagram, dove ragazze di tutto il mondo mandano e condividono foto e video dei loro peli incolti, senza vergogna e con tanta fierezza.

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"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli • • • @i_am_morgie~ “…Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others.”👏 • • • All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge! We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60! ✨💃✨💃 Sign up and join in while you can! #3daysleft #januhairy #thenaturalrevolution #bodyhairmovement #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste#hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood #bodygossip

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This is Anna Marčíková from Brno, Czech Republic... ✨🌵🔥 “Well I've heard it's #januhairy now, so I decided to join. I had begun to shave in elementary school after I went to a swim class and one classmate asked me why I don't have shaved armpits. I still remember the feeling of surprise and humiliation that something is wrong with my body. At this age, you can easily get the impression that if you're not doing what everyone else is doing, something is wrong with you. I often heard in high school that I would be more attractive if I didn't have such hairy hands. With time, it gradually became clear to me that the main reason I shave is the inner pressure from this learned norm and the automatic expectation of society. It sounds banal, but I think this pressure on women is really strong and unnecessary. Now I'm satisfied with all my hair because the hairs are normal. Peace out”~@contyvevropskymstylu ✨👏❤️ Help support the Januhairy campaign by donating to the crowd-funder for Body Gossips Performance Project! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bodygossip?fbclid=IwAR3UKTB5dSx4fSWLm3QY2sLoU1L1v2cvoqGLolDyMXP8SeBr84KG4UI5haI ✨(link in the bio)✨ #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpower #selflove #feminine

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Nonostante la campagna sia ovviamente stata presa d'assalto dai soliti troll, è innegabile che sia un fortissimo esempio di body positivity. Dimostra che le giovani donne hanno il potere di combattere contro convenzioni sociali obsolete, che vogliono dettare legge su come i loro corpi dovrebbero apparire.

Il messaggio non è quindi solo "le donne dovrebbero essere pelose", ma il movimento vuole discutere in modo solidale l'importanza per le giovani donne di riprendere possesso del loro corpo e della loro immagine.

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