Let’s Get Hairy

Identity Gets Hairy Accordion Book

A woman who is visibly hairy might be viewed as masculine,
dirty, unprofessional, or as a radical feminist. There are variations
on what it means to be a woman; feminine does not have to be
synonymous with “hairless”. Body hair is a stigma because it is a
physical characteristic that is undesirable and shamed when exposed.
Body hair as stigma can be explored in terms of creativity
and pedagogy. How can creativity work to dismantle stigma? Talking
about stigma gives one the chance to express themselves in a way that
is exploratory, sparking new ways of understanding. Arts education
already possesses qualities that are beneficial to stigma—how can
educators and students take advantage of all that creativity has to offer?
Creating artwork about women and body hair and analyzing existing
works can deepen one’s knowledge of body hair; as a societal form of
control and as a lens to look more closely at stigma in arts education.
Creativity can be the outlet to find new ways to accept and appreciate
the hair on women’s bodies. Creativity can be a valuable tool to
address topics that are controversial or simply overlooked.
Let’s get hairy.

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