Dyed ArmpitThe Islamic State group is now passing out pamphlets in Iraq for the “rules” its members are to employ when taking on sex slaves. Women are being “gifted” and young girls are completely unaware that barbaric monsters are figuring out ways to use the Koran to justify rape. Meanwhile, in the United States, American feminists have propelled dyed armpits into a “movement” worthy of write-ups in The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Absent any real dragons to slay, modern American feminists will create them. Today’s dragon: Armpit oppression. It’s not quite as glorious as the women who are trying not to have their heads chopped off in the Middle East, but it will do.

The Washington Post reported Friday:

There is a new trend sprouting across the country. More specifically, there is a new trend sprouting in women’s armpits across the country, according to the New York Post and others.

Some women, you may have noticed, are growing out their armpit hair — and then dyeing it. …

In her “Free Your Pits Manifesto,” which you can read here, [Roxi] Hunt writes:

“Whether you shave or not, women should be allowed to make decisions about their bodies without judgement from others. And, women making these decisions about their bodies should not be something exploited by the media. What we need is encouragement, not judgment.”

Therein lies the rub. It’s not just about being an individual — it’s about telling others that they don’t have the right to pass any form of judgment on the decisions a woman makes about her body, even if she flaunts those decisions in public with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet dye jobs that scream, “Look at me!”

Destiny M, who was covered in The Post’s piece, demonstrates quite nicely in a new YouTube video why the “Free Your Pits Manifesto” is inherently flawed:

“A lot of people were like, ‘That’s a cry for attention.’ Maybe it is! I don’t care. For me I know it’s not, but for other people it can be. There’s nothing wrong with that. Most things we do are for attention, so why hate it? And then growing out your body hair is empowering and I recommend it to everyone.”

If a woman wants to make a spectacle of herself, then the rest of us are under no obligation to offer “encouragement, not judgment.”

Ironically, Ms. Hunt’s own statement, “Women should be allowed to make decisions about their bodies without judgement from others,” passes a form of moral judgment. The modern American feminist wants to judge, but not be judged. She wants us to encourage her self-exploration — no matter what that entails — but does not want to encourage those who disagree with her worldview.

In some sense, Americans should view the “dyed armpits” campaign as a good thing: the women’s rights movement has become the women’s encouragement movement. While women in the Middle East are fighting for their right to life, women in America are whining about their preference for approval. The battle for basic human rights is one that is always worth fighting for — and can be won. The fight to be free from judgment for any behavior one deems to be an expression of his or her “true” self is wrongheaded, and should face stiff resistance.

Tattoo your face. Dye your armpit hair. Stick bones through your nose and stretch your earlobes to strange dimensions. Have a ball. It’s your choice, but the rest of society is under no obligation to cheer you on.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

5 comments

  1. LOL! Isn’t that astounding? On the bright side, the colored underarm/empowerment thing was a bit much for even the most radical young feminist to swallow. When I first read about this I thought, okay, this is a secret diabolical plot to steer a whole lot of women away from Western feminism, isn’t it? Fess up, who did it? Is this a spoof from the Onion or a highly sophisticated form of reverse psychology? 😉

    Anyway, you make good points here, “The modern American feminist wants to judge, but not be judged. She wants us to encourage her self-exploration — no matter what that entails — but does not want to encourage those who disagree with her worldview.” That really is the heart of the matter and there’s a pathology behind that, that I still don’t fully understand. It’s actually an odd form of authoritarianism. That’s where things get a bit scary, because too much of this pulls us a bit too close to fascism. That really is the end result of those who claim to be entitled to all the power, but none of the accountability, in fact to even question them is perceived as shameful, illegal, immoral.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, insanitybytes22. I always enjoy your feedback.

      When I first read about this I thought, okay, this is a secret diabolical plot to steer a whole lot of women away from Western feminism, isn’t it?

      I saw something on this a week or two ago on some obscure website and thought “Is this real?” I just decided to wait and see, and sure enough The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post picked it up.

      Anyway, you make good points here, “The modern American feminist wants to judge, but not be judged. She wants us to encourage her self-exploration — no matter what that entails — but does not want to encourage those who disagree with her worldview.” That really is the heart of the matter and there’s a pathology behind that, that I still don’t fully understand. It’s actually an odd form of authoritarianism.

      The thing is, I don’t even think a lot of these women have really thought about the philosophical implications of the things they’re saying. I agree with you in that there is an authoritarian undercurrent. However, I think most people are oblivious as it pertains to where their logic ultimately leads. I think there are totalitarian impulses in all of us, but the difference is that some of us recognize that and resist.

    1. I’m sure regular readers can put the pieces together with posts like: Are you ready for the next Civil War … in England?

      Britain’s problem isn’t its changing pigmentation; its problem is that it let wave after wave of immigrants come in who despised everything it stood for. They disdainfully refer to Englishmen and non-believers as “kuffar” … they take the social safety net and openly discuss using it to strangle the society that provides it. They use the abundance of freedom and liberty that Western Civilization helped to flourish across the world as weapons in their war to destroy it.

      The common tactic used to try and shut up men like Mark Steyn is to accuse them of demonizing all Muslims, which is odd since it is the radical Muslim clerics who demonize the vast majority of non-Muslims.

      “You must hate in your heart — Cameron, Obama, all that they worship. … Democracy, freedom, secularism, the parliament, all the MPs and the Presidents, all the kuffar’s ideas, everything the people worship, we have to believe that they are bad and we have got to reject them. … Reject them with our tongue. Reject them with our heart. In our heart have hatred towards them,” — Cleric Anjem Choudary.

      Ask yourself: As a free man, is there any majority-Muslim country you’d want to spend the rest of your life in? Think of the freest nations in the world. Are any of them Muslim? Think about Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood. Syria. Iran under Ahmadinejad and the mullahs. Saudi Arabia. Pakistan. Afghanistan. Somalia.

      Sadly, entire generations of children born into Western Civilization have been beaten over the head with the skeletons in its closet by Progressive educators and politicians. Americans and Brits are taught a weird self-loathing, which translates into an ambivalence or hostility towards the greatest culture (warts and all) mankind has ever known. And so they sit idly by while it’s torn to shreds by actors who seek to enslave our children and grandchildren.

      It’s sad. And worse, the pain and misery that will bestow future generations is entirely predictable.

  2. Basically, when radical feminists can’t find anything to complain about, they make stuff up. Their whole “rape culture” narrative is crumbling around them, with the UVA “rape” and Lena Dunham’s “rape” turning out to be hoaxes, so they’re desperate for something to whine about.

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