The Politics of Body Hair by Sana Punjabi

My discussion was a place for students to find a safe, encouraging environment to talk about their personal experiences regarding body hair as well as learn more about others’ perspectives. As such, it served as a safe space and a constructive learning environment in which we amplified the voices of those in social precarity. There, we talked about W. E. B. Du Bois’ “double consciousness” and its prevalence in women of color’s lives and their perception of body hair. Also, we also talked about body hair and its associated stigma stemming from the intersection between racism and sexism. This sparked conversations about how white feminism has taken to social media to capitalize off the movement to love one’s body hair. We identified that this wasn’t helpful for women of color as sometimes they practice agency when shaving; it’s a means to survive for a world that isn’t built for them. If they are able to do so in an empowering way to feel good about themselves, then that’s feminism.

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The Global Black Feminist Politics Blog

The Global Black Feminist Politics Blog

A blog on & about the power of global Black feminisms // Dr. Jaimee A. Swift’s class at Oxford College at Emory University.