A few weeks ago, a few of my closest friends and I were sitting on the back porch of my friend’s lake house. We were chatting and sipping
White Claw classy beverages when the topic of body hair came up. Someone asked the guys in the group if they’d feel weird dating a woman who chose not to shave. The general consensus was that yeah, it’d be a little weird.
Over the next few days, I thought a lot about that conversation. I examined my own internalized sexism. I boiled my feelings down to a few thoughts:
Body hair on women should be normalized.
Society should support people having as much or as little body hair as they want.
A selectively hairless standard for women is time-consuming, expensive, oppressive and stupid.
I, myself, have a complicated relationship with depilation. You see, I’m a self-proclaimed feminist-in-progress, à la Jameela Jamil. Over the years, I’ve read many articles about how “real feminists” don’t remove their hair because it’s just conforming to oppressive and outdated Eurocentric beauty standards and/or catering to the male gaze.
However, I’ve noticed that whenever I ask the women in my life, they often tell me that they like shaving. That there’s no better feeling than sliding into clean sheets with silky smooth legs.
When I first moved to Atlanta, I had the perfect setup. I lived right off the BeltLine, so I could walk to Ponce City Market, Piedmont Park or Krog Street Market. My commute was an easy 25 minutes through the beautiful cityscape of Midtown and Georgia Tech campus. I was living the ATLien dream life.
Picture this: late seventies. People actually go to the store to buy things, and yacht rock is at its unironic prime. To the average person, the word “computer” conjures mammoth machines that fill up an entire room, just to spit out long scrolls of calculations. That is, unless you were a user.
In 2018, GDPR shook things up for businesses around the globe. But in 2020, stronger data privacy starts right here in the USA.
Last year, California signed restrictive data privacy legislation that will transform commerce as we know it. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will require more transparency from businesses in the kinds of data they collect on their consumers — and how they choose to use it.
This change is prompted by the Facebook data breach that led to the compromise of a whopping 87 million users’ personal information. Though the GDPR and CCPA have similarities, they also have differing qualities, which means large businesses operating in both jurisdictions will need to comply with both. Businesses that are affected by the new legislation still have time to prepare before the law goes into effect in January 2020.
It’s Monday morning (womp) and you’re sitting in your weekly department meeting, walking through priorities. Next on the agenda: the project that has been challenging your team for weeks.