Fabulous Friday 5

22 Nov

Helloooo and good morning! It’s a wintery, yet fabulous, Friday here at Vegan Nail Art, Baby. I’m up early because I started tutoring at my local adult basic ed non-profit and I’m determined to finish this post before I leave to meet my first student.

I know I missed last week’s post, but I’ll make it up to you, I swear! Here’s this week’s fab 5:

  1. This week’s theme for Kimber’s Mish Mash challenge was grey and I fell in love with Over the Top Coat’s perfect gradient. Love the pop of color this glitter topper gives!
  2. It’s November (almost the end of it but bear with me, I’ve been busy!) and that means it’s time to deal with… sexist assholes who think women who participate in No Shave November are disgusting beast hippies who will never enjoy the touch of a man again in their lives. Well, I’m sure you can imagine how I feel about that.
    Here’s a few facts about me: I don’t shave my legs. Ever. I think it’s totally unnecessary, inconvenient, expensive, time consuming and potentially painful. I don’t shave my legs in the winter, I don’t shave my legs in the summer. I stopped shaving in July of last year, and I did it because I was trying to be body positive and accept myself as I am and to make people accept me as I am. At first, I felt really embarrassed. Like, they’re my legs but my boyfriend at the time and even some of my friends were like… eww. But why? What is gross about body hair? Men have body hair. ALL OVER. On their legs, their stomachs, their chest… everywhere. And that’s… fine? But a woman with leg hair is…. gross? Ugh, no. Sorry but I’m pretty sure if we look back through the annals for history, we will find that women in ancient and historical times had body hair just like women in current times have body hair. No body was telling Catherine the Great to shave her legs, ya feel me? It’s all perfectly normal. Everyone has body hair! If it wasn’t natural, I don’t think we would be growing it like we do.
    So why, then, do we shave? Well, because capitalism obviously. You know what costs money? Shaving cream. Razor blades. Depilatory creams. Waxing. It’s all $$$ for corporations, salons, etc. Beyond that, though, why do men insist we do it? Well, you know the best way to keep a woman out of politics, the office, etc? Give them too many other things to worry about. Keep them busy making themselves fit some idealistic, unachievable bizarre image of a “perfect” woman and keep them from thinking. UGH PATRIARCHY. Anyway, someone on tumblr posted a really beautiful response to No-Shave-November-is-not-for-the-ladies attitude. You can view it on my main blog. (Oh, and a side note to sexist assholes who think that I’m disgusting because I don’t shave… FYI I have no shortage of men who want to touch me, hairy legs or otherwise. And my sex life is definitely healthier — and hotter — than yours 😉 )
  3. Leesha’s Lacquer did this amazing-and-cute mani she’s calling “Floral Frenchies.” I LOVE French manicures like I can’t express, and this one is too fabulous not to show you
  4. It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the US, and I’d like to encourage you all to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. Instead eat stuffed seitan like this one from Vegan Yack Attack!
  5. I’m sure you all heard about Renisha McBride, the 19-year old girl who was shot and killed when she went to the door of a white man after crashing her vehicle in his neighborhood. It’s a truly sad tale of how racism is still the norm in America and is wayyy too accepted in our society, media and lives. Gradient Layer has been doing some amazing pieces about her, what happened and why it matters.

*BONUS*

6 is for Sexual Health: New York Magazine did an amazing piece a couple of weeks ago about abortion where instead of just writing about the laws and if it’s okay or not okay or whatever, they did something revolutionary: they actually talked to real people who have had abortions. I know, crazy, right? What opinion could those people even have, amirite? The truth is that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion by age 45 (that’s right from their article) and when men are sitting around on their little committees and people are out protesting, real people are actually affected. And there’s such a stigma associated with “getting abortions” but the truth is, by stigmatizing people who have abortions, you’re probably stigmatizing someone you know. Y’all just gotta read the article, it’s really interesting and breathes a human quality into the issue.

And before I go… DEFINITELY stop by my facebook or my blog tomorrow because I’ve got a big announcement!!

Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!

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