I can’t shave my legs and armpits due to disability, and you would think nurses/doctors would be understanding, but sometimes you still get them judging you for being unshaved as a woman. and it’s really distressing for me because I literally cannot shave and society creates such anxiety around that issue that even medical professionals who know exactly why you can’t shave are still surprised by a woman who doesn’t have shaved armpits and legs. I’m there for treatment, and because I’m a woman my looks will outweigh the reality of my condition.
Women, especially trans women, and/or women of color, shouldn’t have to be afraid to go outside unshaved, women shouldn’t be afraid to go to the ER unshaven, women shouldn’t be afraid to go without shaving period.
It sounds trivial to a lot of people, but people really will treat you differently if you either choose not to shave, or cannot shave. We’re hairy, we can’t help it, let us live in peace.