"It’s for your own good,” they say. But to me, it’s still offensive and hurtful. If they really wanted to provide me with a blanket of support and encouragement, they should say: “Don’t pay attention to these asshole men. What the fuck do they know? They got more hair than you. Your body hair is beautiful. You want to be strong, brave and pretty? Wear your hair long and proud – on your legs, arms, eyebrows, armpits, back, stomach, chest, shoulders, and pubes! Stop hurting yourself. Stop abusing your body. You don’t need to ‘discover the goddess you are’ by shaving. Love yourself the way you are – the way the Goddess made you.” What I wouldn’t give to hear these words coming from someone other than my inner child."