As a committed hairy feminist, I was delighted to see actress and comedian Mo’Nique happily baring her hairy legs at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week. It wasn’t a one-off, either: she shared all on American TV in 2006, saying: ‘I must show America what a real leg looks like . . . because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby.’ Tell me about it!
I have to say, I really admire her ability to wear feminine clothes with hairy legs – I’ve never been particularly into skirts, but despite being quite happy to wear shorts I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a skirt with unshaven legs. I think it just reminds me too much that I feel feminine clothing is less of a choice, that if I’m going with one part of the girly outfit I should be going the whole hog or people will judge me more readily than if I’m wearing clothes that are read as more gender neutral or male. I know the way to get over that would be to take the plunge and get me hairies out in a skirt, but I’m just not bothered enough about wearing them to make it worth the effort. So kudos to those who do.