Rape Threats

Haroon Siddique “Swedish model gets rape threats after ad shows her unshaved legs” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/06/swedish-model-gets-threats-after-ad-shows-her-unshaved-legs


A Swedish model says she has received rape threats for posing in an advertisement with unshaved legs.

Arvida Byström*1, who is also a photographer and digital artist, appears in a video and photograph promoting Adidas Originals’ Superstar range. Byström, who has described the norm for women to shave as “fucked”, has hairy legs in the images and says she has faced a vicious backlash as a result.

Many people posted abusive comments under the video on YouTube. One said: “Is this what some woman have become? No thanks.” Another wrote: “Stop brushing your teeth and wiping your ass too fucking feminazi retarded”.

But she has also received significant support, with many taking aim at those posting abuse. Among the positive comments were: “It is something absurd to say in 2017 but she is so brave to show natural legs, you go girl!” Another commenter wrote: “Thank you Adidas for showing a woman how she really is and what femininity really implies.”

Byström, 26, is renowned for challenging perceptions of femininity. She regularly poses with her body hair on show and has also posted pictures showing her cellulite. She uses hot pink in a feminist context as a backdrop to pieces that double as modernist, online commentary*2. With her fellow digital artist Molly Soda, Byström curated Pics Or It Didn’t Happen, a book containing 270 images that were censored by Instagram. The photos were mainly of female nipples, vaginal secretions and body hair*3 .

In the Adidas video, Byström says: “I think femininity is usually created from our culture so I think everybody can do feminine things, can be feminine. I feel like in today’s society we are very scared of that.”

See also

Agence France-Presse “'Princesses have hair' – French women fight body hair stigma on Twitterhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/princesses-have-hair-french-women-fight-body-hair-stigma-on-twitter *4
Jessica Valenti “Is women's visible pubic hair really so shocking that it must be censored?” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/23/women-visible-pubic-hair-shocking-censored *5

そういえば、昨日Most Hated Partyと題されたAdidas Originalsの上海でのパーティに顔を出していたのだった。