Episode 86: Social Implications of Body Hair II

My hair on my head is praised for being so long and beautiful, but my body hair is seen as ‘disgusting.’ Why? They both grow out of my skin.... If someone is offended or disgusted by my natural body hair, then in all honesty, I’m glad it repels them from my life.
— Elvira, 18, Los Angeles. TotalBeauty.com

Often incorporated into our daily or regular habits after adolescence, body hair becomes relatively mundane to us. We might notice it on occasion or sculpt it in particular ways, ignore it or pay it close attention. What is its relevance in the ways we treat and view one another, as well as our own bodies? How are certain types of body hair policed in some people and not others? This week, we revisit the topic to explore new avenues of discussion and thought.