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This Latina Might Make You Think Twice About Shaving

Next time you shave your legs and armpits, think about why you’re doing it. Are you doing it because you want to? Or are you simply following beauty conventions set forth by society? And can you ever just say f*ck the razor?

Molly Soda, a Puerto Rico-born web artist and explorer of self-identity, wants you to know that you have an option.

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A few years ago, Soda stopped shaving her body and was terrified of the way people would see her – but she realized an important lesson.

“When I first took the plunge and decided to stop shaving, my biggest fear was that men would no longer find me attractive and that the sight of my body hair would repulse them or scare them away,” she told Nylon. “This thought process is harmful. It teaches us to place value on ourselves, our bodies and our worth based on how we fit into the male gaze.”

The best part about having all her body hair back, is that she’s using it as a tool to “weed out” those guys who just care about her looks and not what she’s really about. So she said “eff you” to those men, as well.

In the end, “Body hair doesn’t make you any less feminine or any less attractive,” she said. “Choosing to shave doesn’t mean that you’re insecure. The strongest statement you can make is to take control of your body and present yourself in whatever way that makes you feel comfortable.”

So shave or don’t shave, but do it for you and no one else.

Check out what else Molly has to say about shaving here. 

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Find Out What Mexico is Doing To These Central American Refugees

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Find Out What Mexico is Doing To These Central American Refugees

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By law, Mexico offers asylum to anyone facing harm in their home country, but thousands of children from Central America, seeking protection from gang violence, are being denied their human rights.

Children who can show legitimate threats on their bodies, like 16-year-old Rudy from El Salvador who has a large, vertical scar on his abdomen from a “bullet [that] entered my backside and from there it went up my body because I was running away.”

Like Rudy, Joel, 16, also faced threats from gangs. “They told us that if we didn’t pay in three days, they’d kill us and send us where they’d send people on motorbikes,” he said.

A report by the group Human Rights Watch found that half of those minors arriving in Mexico are fleeing gang violence and recruitment, but less than 1 percent are actually considered refugees. Immigration agents don’t even inform them of their rights.

“They suffer constant harassment by security agents, migration agents so that the person drops their asylum request,” said Diego Lorente, director of Fray Matías Cordoba Human Rights Center.

Watch the video above  for more details.


READ: Immigrant-Friendly Church Vandalized With “Rape Mexico” Graffiti

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