Beijing CNN In the fight against domestic violence and gender inequality, Chinese feminists have opened up a new battlefront: Their armpits. Photos: Chinese feminists flaunt natural armpits. Feminist Xiao Meili started female armpit hair photo contest on the Chinese social network Weibo. Her goal: To start a conversation about gender inequality. Hide Caption. Ending Wednesday, the contest attracted more than 40 participants, who shared photos of themselves with arms raised, natural hair underneath.
Chinese Women Are Posting Photos Of Their Armpit Hair To Advocate For Women's Rights
Chinese feminists show off armpit hair in photo contest - CNN
Female underarm hair has recently become quite a hot-button topic in China. Chinese feminist Xiao Meili started an armpit hair photo contest on China's most popular social media platform, Weibo, in which women were encouraged to submit photos of themselves showing off their underarm hair. Because Communist China was secluded from the western world for much of the 's - 70s, shaving only became the norm for some women there about twenty years ago. But Meili asks why this should be expected of women and not men.
About 40 women have published photos of their armpits on Weibo in stunt meant to spark debate over beauty stereotypes. Weeks after China drew global condemnation for detaining five feminists who planned to protest against sexual harassment, activists have launched a fresh campaign for gender equality — by asking women to photograph their armpits and post the pictures online. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.
The harsh Shanghai winter behind us, spring just a fleeting few weeks and summer beginning to blaze its way into the region, the weather right now is absolutely perfect. Along with warmer days comes lighter clothes, and Shanghainese women tend to take full advantage of this sartorial liberation by stripping down to skimpy skirts, short-shorts and loose blouses. But Shanghai spring-wear also exposes the grooming habits between Chinese and European women, as I have never seen more hairy armpits than in China.