What is it about armpit hair that gets us so worked up?
Everyone has an opinion - and an impression - on women who don't shave, and men who do. One intrepid filmaker is trying to figure out why.
Sun, May 13 2012 at 8:58 PM
Photo: 'Pitstache' documentary team
Humor might be the best way to get people to take their guards down and ask themselves tough questions they might otherwise ignore. And what could be funnier than body hair?
From the documentary's Kickstarter page:
"Love it or hate it, no one can deny that a lady with a pitstache gets a double-take. Why is that? Why is it that men are not expected to shave, but women are? Why is it that men who do shave must either be swimmers or gay (or gay swimmers)? Why do women stop shaving and how does the world react to them?
"While it may seem silly, making this film is also very important work: Society's demands for how women 'have to look' changes over time, and affects millions of women, girls and men! Is there a connection between obsession with hair removal and self-esteem or eating disorders? Does society's norms affect women's health and opportunities, both for those who follow those norms and those who ignore them?"
If you think this is a funny, interesting or just plain weird topic, check out the movie's Kickstarter page
. And consider giving a few bucks (or more) to help an inspired young documentary filmmaker to answer this hairy question for you.
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