Foto: Instagram / laura__jackson_
Foto: Instagram / laura__jackson_

Was für die Herren der Schöpfung der „Movember“ ist, ist für die Damen der „Januhairy“. Doch während die Männer ihren Schnurbart Ende Oktober stutzen, um ihn im November wachsen zu lassen und so auf Prostatakrebs aufmerksam zu machen, kämpfen die Frauen für mehr Akzeptanz in Sachen Behaarung.

Auf der Instagram-Seite „janu_hairy“ erklärt Laura Jackson, die den Trend in die Welt setzte, das Dilemma: „Die Gesellschaft verhält sich so, als sei unsere natürliche Körperbehaarung unattraktiv und widerwärtig. Wir sind so daran gewöhnt, sie zu entfernen, dass wir uns selbst fremd werden.“ Die Augen geöffnet habe ihr mehr oder weniger ein Zufall: „Ich habe meine Körperbehaarung im Rahmen einer Performance meines Schauspielstudiums im Mai 2018 wachsen lassen. Das hat mir die Augen geöffnet, was für ein Tabu Behaarung auf einem Frauenkörper doch ist.“ Weil aber nicht jeder ihre neue Haarpracht tolerierte, habe sie die Aktion ins Leben gerufen.

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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

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Januhairy (@janu_hairy) am Jan 2, 2019 um 10:35 PST

Unter dem Hashtag #januhairy rief sie Frauen dazu auf, die Rasierer im Januar in der Schublade zu lassen. Mittlerweile folgen ihrer Seite 11.500 Leute und immer mehr Frauen präsentieren stolz ihre Bein- oder Achselhaare. Jackson stellt aber klar: „Dies soll keine  Kampagne für Menschen sein, die nicht sehen, wie normal Körperbehaarung ist. Vielmehr ist es ein ermutigendes Projekt für alle, um mehr über ihre Ansichten über sich und andere zu erfahren.“

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The incredible @chante.heart shares her thoughts and her beauty “I didn’t want to be one of those ladies that posts a picture with their unshaven armpits and feels the need to explain how society sucks & should change, and they are proud of their hair.. though I agree, somewhere in there I feel like just needing to express an explanation or defense already makes it seem less normal & negates the point of how inherently not a big deal it is. But here I am, writing out explanatory words to sooth some level of anxiety I still seem to have about blatantly showing my fuz, because I’ve heard the backlash before, the disgust, the mock vomiting, and the judgment by men and women on women who make the choice to let their bodies be wild. I’m not one for policing folks who choose to shave or not, how you want express your body is your choice, anyone else’s opinion (including my own) i see as totally irrelevant. In my life, I’m at a place where not shaving represents coming home to my body, my mind, my adult humanness, & my ‘woman’hood. It has been a process like the blooming of a flower, a love of my given design that unfolds petal by petal with the passing of time. Today I posted a picture of some beautiful blooming mustard yellow flowers a saw on my walk, and I posted a picture of myself, blooming in my mustard yellow dress & feeling just as beautiful.” Support the Januhairy movement by donating to Body Gossip’s Performance Project: a great charity and Januhairy is almost at it’s fundraising target! Click here for more info and to dig into your pockets and donate as little or as much as you can…(link in the bio) #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpower #selflove #feminine

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Januhairy (@janu_hairy) am Jan 21, 2019 um 12:33 PST

Doch die 21-Jährige ist nicht die eigentliche Trendsetterin, denn zuvor hatten sich bereits Promis wie Julia Roberts. Madonna, Bella Thorne oder Paris Jackson zu ihren Körperhaaren bekannt. Fitness-Bloggerin Morgan Mikenas sorgte schon 2017 für Aufsehen, als sie ein Bild ihrer üppigen Beinbehaarung postete.

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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 Not just woman, but everyone! 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. I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don’t shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #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

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Morgan Mikenas (@i_am_morgie) am Mär 4, 2017 um 12:00 PST

„Ich wollte in diesem Moment alle Welt spüren lassen, wie schön ich mich fühle“, erinnert sie sich im Gespräch mit „Stylebook„. „Die Motivation hinter dem ersten Foto, das mich lächelnd mit unrasierten Beinen zeigte, war, mich selbst der Welt mitzuteilen. Nicht zuzulassen, dass mich irgendwelche inneren Ängste – was denken die Leute von mir? – zurückhalten.“

Die Vielzahl an Reaktionen habe sie aber überrascht: „Das war überwältigend! Letztendlich habe ich die Aufmerksamkeit als Möglichkeit genutzt, selbst daran zu wachsen. Und mich selbst immer wieder herauszufordern, ohne Verurteilungen zu leben.“ Laut eigener Aussage hat sich die Brünette seitdem nicht mehr rasiert.