So What Am I Actually Supposed to Do With My Bikini Line These Days?

Amanda Montell

I have a serious question, and you have to swear not to judge me: What the heck are women doing with their pubic hair these days? To go bare, bushy, or something in between has been a personal decision women have weighed since the 1980s when people first started caring about that sort of thing. But this question has been plaguing me with particular intensity over the past few months, and I think I know why: In 2017, women are becoming aware and outraged over unreasonable beauty standards more than ever before. In a time when our actual president is a menace to gender equality, women are increasingly on guard when it comes to objectification and double standards. Scores of people who didn't think much about gender five years ago are now proudly identifying as feminists. Most of the women I know own shirts that say "The Future Is Female." And half a dozen female celebrities have shaved their heads this year, conveying a message that I interpret to mean, "I no longer accept your expectations of femininity." There's no denying it: 2017 is a time of revolt.

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