WANG opposes valuing women based on how they look, rather than who they are and what they do. WANG also opposes the prohibitive and narrow beauty standards imposed on women that reflect racist, heteronormative, capitalist, sexist, ageist, cissexist and disableist ideologies.
Women everywhere are expected to conform: to remove their body hair, to wear make-up yet look ‘natural’. To diet, and to wear restrictive clothing. All in order to be considered acceptable, respectable and feminine. If you support women's choice to refuse these regulatory practices, then join WANG! It's not just for the unshaven and undeodorised but for anyone who believes that women shouldn't be reduced to how they look and that women do not need to be conventionally beautiful to be attractive. We are much more than our beauty, and the beauty we have is manifold. People of any/no gender are welcome too, and we support all struggles against the pressure to conform to hegemonic representations.
This tumblr is no longer affiliated with WANG the facebook group.
Me teaching my sister about genders: non binary means you're neither gender
Little sister: So, like, it doesnt have to do with your junk, right?
Little sister: That makes sense.
Me: You'd be surprised how many people dont understand that.
Little sister: We should ship them all to the moon and feed them to the martians.
There aren’t really any answers to this. In the end you have to make a judgement about what fights are worth fighting for you, what you have the energy for. And sometimes you might over or under-estimate that, but that’s ok.
Maybe it’s worth saying that many people have similar doubts, find acting on their convictions hard at times. And it takes a lot of energy for many women to negotiate the world being hairy.
I find http://feministkilljoys.com/ a good blog for giving a description of how it feels to fight feminist battles (antiracists, queer activists). For me, there’s something soothing about reading Sara Ahmed’s descriptions.
As for being sexually attractive. I’m currently of the opinion that a lot of attractiveness to a person can happen when you get to know them, it’s not just this thing that happens at first sight. In some ways, being hairy can be a good way to separate the wheat from the chaff (providing people are hairy fetishists - they’re also chaff). But again, it will have to come from a decision from you about what you’re comfortable with, and how much you think you should push yourself.
Nice to meet you.