A Woman’s Free Your Pits Journey.

To begin with, props to all you dark, bushy haired women who decide to stop shaving. Let that forest grow back strong and healthy! Power to the pit. #freeyourpits

Here is a submission from Jennifer in Austin.

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 11.54.43 AMTo tell the truth, I found this posting because I was researching various shades of blue hair. I was so happy to see aqua pit hair that I had to rejoice with you all. As a deeply Italian American woman I rarely felt comfortable with the amount of hair my body chose to sprout and was always attempting to shape-shift into some hairless silken creature. It was when I turned 19 that I became drawn to letting my pit hair grow out because honestly a little voice inside of me made the suggestion and it sounded sincere. I continued to remain hairy pitted without thought and even carried it into the first couple years of living in my new home Los Angeles but at some point I just cracked under the social pressure there (I wanted to blame the city, but she told me that I was just being weak 🙂 in a stereotypical way and started not only shaving but constantly working about my face value in all areas. I had gained about 50 pounds and lost all of my jobs. I could have fought upstream like a freezing cold Salmon would but instead I just did a rag doll flop into the current.

NOW. I live in Austin and my brain is starting to appreciate life again. I was still shaving my pits until a few weeks ago when I heard a little voice again (some say I’m crazy, but I think it’s faeries) directing me to put down the razor. Well not completely because for some reason I still shave my legs. Not often but I did today and now they itch like crazy. Not sure why this all happens but I know there is a stronger force beneath it all. This post helped me to understand that I am reclaiming my own image, slowly but surely and I am really grateful for that.

Thank you very much for your contribution to the revolution. xo

Feminist Society of Pensacola Pit-in!

Hey babes. Here is an awesome submission from Emily, and the front lines of the Free Your Pits Movement! This brings  me a massive smile and then a hearty fist in the air for the progression of personal empowerment through style expression and the normalization of our natural body hair.

We bow to the women of Pensacola who are with us in spirit, and in hairy pits;)

Pensacola Feminist Society Pit-in!

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My name is Emily and I live in Florida. I got my first crush on lady pit hair when I saw it on my two beautiful, artistic roommates several years ago. At the time I didn’t think I could “pull it off” because I wasn’t enough of a bohemian babe. Later I got over those feelings and grew it out for the first time while participating in a V-Day/Vagina Monologues event in 2014, spurred on by the solidarity of being surrounded with such a fun, creative, powerful group of feminist women. Since then the love affair has been off and on, depending on what effort I felt like putting into my pits, but when I discovered the Free Your Pits Movement my immediate reaction was: YES! THIS!Kara1ed

Around the same time I was mentally preparing to rally some friends to get in on this pit-dying party with me, a friend named Kara contacted me about a feminist organization she and some other women were working to establish. We set dates for both our first Feminist Society of Pensacola council meeting and, a couple months later, our Pit-In.

Mary EditThe Society and the Pit-In became linked, and several council members decided to go for it. In the late winter months we were growing our pit hair out and at the same time we were having long meetings voting on mission statements and bylaws, and preparing for an open meeting to invite the public to join our group as a force for good and for equality in our community.

We bonded over many bottles of wine throughout those long meetings and we discussed our collective mixed bag of feelings about body hair, body acceptance and the conversations and commentary this experiment spurred from others. To me, that’s one of the most interesting parts of Free Your Pits–the way it can get people talking and reveal curiosity, camaraderie, or, of course, whether someone happens to be a body-shaming jerk! Happily, our experience and the built-in support system we had in our group garnered much more positive reactions than negative.Claire1ed

On Pit-In day, it was more of all that positive stuff! We sipped mimosas on my porch, chatted, took photos, laughed a lot, and dyed our pits teal. We chose teal because it’s the color representing Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the following weekend we took our colorful pits to volunteer at a 5K event that benefitted a local resource center for victims of sexual assault.

The whole experience was a blast and a bonding moment–both between each other and our respective selves. Our Pit-In was fun and defiant and silly and communal. Though the aqua hue of my pit hair may have faded, my love for body hair freedom is just blossoming to life!

Emily, and the ladies of the Feminist Society of Pensacola, thank you for sharing your story. We salute you and we hope to share a Pit-in with you sometime, especially if it is on the porch of a southern state, where we especially need more empowerment and awareness.

If you are in the Pensacola area and want to connect with the Feminist Society of Pensacola, here is their

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xoxoxoxoxox, HTHG

Free Your Pits update/DIY video

Hi babes! A little update from the front lines of the FYP movement……

We have continued our efforts towards normalizing body hair and body positivity with the Free Your Pits Movement in the last few months.

Highlights from the movement include…..

IMG_4451We found our official movement design, drawn by talented illustrator Madison McClain who can be found here on Instagram and here on Tumblr.

7U6A5258– I, Roxie Jane Hunt, Finally free’d my pits for the making of the featured DIY video. And I LOVED it:)

– A Florida Feminist Pit-In (story and photos to come!)

-A  fun interview with Marcie Sillman on the FYP movement,

-An invite from a Danish Feminist group Dansk Kvindesamfund to come and speak on a panel and teach the art of Armpit Hair Dying at Copenhagen’s Roskilde Music Festival (Unfortunately funding didn’t come together, but were on for next year!)

– Miley Cyrus and her pink armpit hair, which she used as a publicity stunt to launch her awesome foundation the Happy Hippie Foundation which aims to end youth homelessness and bring to light the prejudice and judgment that youth of today face. The only problem was, she didn’t use the hashtag. Do me a favor and find Miley Cyrus on Instagram and hashtag bomb all of her armpit photos with #freeyourpits. We would love to have her support and endorsement!

And most recently, this FYP interview featured in German Left Newspaper TAZ…….Read on…..

When did the idea of coining a “free your pits”- movement come to your mind?

A friend and I experimented with dying her armpit hair blue, and we photographed the process and turned it into a blog post……..The post got 30,000 shares before two influential female American talk show hosts got ahold of it and publically tore the article apart for being disgusting and offensive.

We took it as an opportunity to start a worldwide conversation on body hair and women’s sense of beauty and their bodies. The Free Your Pits movement came to be, with the intention of normalizing the concept of natural body hair on a woman and celebrating our freedom of choice to do what we want with our bodies.

Why do you think is it that important to campaign for armpit hair?

Because it is dire that women understand that their bodies and choices are theirs to make. We live in a society which is driven by profit and the interest of those who seek to profit. The beauty industry targets women and their deepest insecurities about themselves. We need to separate ourselves from the unattainable beauty standards which keep us feeling like we are not okay, or beautiful for that matter, as we are. We get to choose what to do with our bodies, armpit hair or not, and we don’t need to be told.

Is it all about women?

It is mostly about women but it is also for any man who finds empowerment through it!

What do you want to achieve?

I want women to stand up and talk back! I want women to do what they want with their bodies, and find empowerment through the process of making informed and conscious choices.

What gave you the idea of colouring armpit hair?

I’m a hair stylist, and I am obsessed with color. It was  natural, harmless, inspired curiousity to see how it would work to color pubic hair.

How did people react to your campaign so far?

Mostly with tons of support! It has been so incredible to see the photos and hear the stories of women and men who are Freeing their Pits! It is empowering so many people to stop trying to conform their sense of self and beauty to unattainable standards!

Are there other campaigns that you initiated – in general or also concerning the “free your pits”-movement?

I also campaign for the Shampoo-Free movement and the Natural Hair Movement, for people of all colors to embrace their natural hair and work with what they have.

I think the shampoo system is a great metaphor for what is wrong in our culture on so many levels. Strip out everything that is sacred and true to us as individuals, and then try to conform us all into the same being. So that we can be more easily controlled and manipulated. And then we don’t feel good enough, and we turn our hate onto ourselves because we will never be good enough, because we aren’t honoring ourselves as we are. And so we keep consuming and searching for things to make us better. And the truth is, we are all born whole and perfect. And we need to be who we are and be okay with that.

Thanks for being here, friends, and please don’t hesitate to grow your pit hair out and color it any color of the rainbow in support of this movement. It just might change your life:)

#freeyourpits

xoxo, HTHG

2015 Beauty Takeback: Feminism in the Beauty Industry

DSC04092Babes, this article is for you, and me, and all of us. Please read it at HuffPost, and share it. We can make changes together towards positive empowerment!

‘Dear Women,

Let’s make 2015 the year we take back our beauty. Why? Because only 4 percent of women consider themselves beautiful and it is time for us to raise that number.’

More from this post from yours truly, here….. 2015 Beauty Takeback: Feminism in the Beauty Industry

Free Your Pits in Cosmopolitan Magazine!

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.32.22 AMComing at you from the glossy pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine, a hairy pitted woman, Rain from the FYP movement, with a caption that shouts out to the Movement, and calls it FUN! This is a major win for body positivity, babes. Keep it up!  Thanks to all of you for the love and interest. VIVA LA PIT REVOLUTION!

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