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Feminist New Year’s resolutions: Stop shaving your legs and falsely accuse some guy of rape

January 15, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Over the past four years, the Hairy Legs Club Tumblr has been sharing stories and photos of women who have decided to ditch their razors and stop shaving.
Hairy Legs Club: Why only 23 percent of women call themselves feminists

It’s January, so how about some New Year’s resolutions? How about some feminist New Year’s resolutions?

Ann Friedman of New York magazine provides a list–“Feminist Resolutions for 2016”–and from reading it you’ll learn a lot about what feminists are actually like:

Here are some samples:


“Stop shaving your legs. Or your armpits ….Think of it less as a feminist statement and more as an experiment in how you feel about conforming to traditional feminine expectations. For hetero ladies, embracing a little extra hair also functions as a feminist litmus test for your boyfriend….”

And if he decides he doesn’t want to be your boyfriend anymore–well, he’s not much of a feminist!


“Start the Guilt Project. Thanks to your holiday binge-watch of Making a Murderer, you’ve heard of the Innocence Project, which opens decades-old cases to overturn wrongful convictions. After 2015’s Bill Cosby revelations, it’s clear that we could use a Guilt Project — a squad of lawyers and investigators to follow up on long-ignored claims that a certain man is a serial rapist. Because you know Cosby isn’t the only one.”

In other words, launch a vigilante campaign against some guy–maybe that boyfriend who took off after you flaunted your hairy legs?– that will ruin his reputation.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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