Don't get me wrong - I consider myself a feminist and I DO shave my armpits (that is, at least twice a week). I just realize there are many self-identified "feminists" out there who are anti-men, anti-sex, and anti-strippers (or anti-sex industry, to be precise). And my stereotype about them is that they don't shave their armpits. lol
I see much of the movement as women oppressing women. In December 2006, I attended a Rape Relief Vancouver forum on Prostitution. They planned, coordinated, and implemented a very elaborate forum around the issue of prostitution and yet they didn't invite a single sex worker to join the discussions. Feminists from all over Canada were flown in, and organizations from all over Vancouver were invited to take part. Only one sex worker organization was contacted, and they were told that they could only participate if they agreed to the premise that prostitution should be abolished.
Ahem. Yeah, great starting point for a discussion on prostitution. Before they even started talking about iniatives, they forfeited any kind of success - prostitution isn't going anywhere. It was around long before Rape Relief Vancouver, and it will be around long after.
And how insulting for all these passionate men and women who are deep in the trenches working their underpaid asses off for solutions to sex worker issues in Vancouver - not invited, not respected by their fellow women, not even consulted on any of the issues.
Representatives of Rape Relief Vancouver went on to make disparaging comments and spout absurd inaccuracies about the projects that were at the time happening in Vancouver around the sex trade. Had they only invited us, we could have corrected their misunderstandings. I stood there as one of the founders of sex worker services in Surrey, BC while they spoke at length about how there are no sex worker services in Surrey. What a waste of time!
Those women should be ashamed of themselves. I would be far more ashamed to marginalize women in the name of feminism, than I could ever be for publicly displaying my body.