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Chinese Women Are Posting Photos Of Their Armpit Hair To Advocate For Women's Rights

A prominent women's rights expert launched an "Armpit Hair Competition" on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site. Now thousands of people are discussing whether it's OK for women to have hairy armpits.

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The contest was organized by Xiao Meili, a Chinese women's rights activist. Her goal is to show the beauty of natural women's bodies so that women can be more comfortable with their armpit hair.

Women's right activist Li Tingting / Via Weibo

The organizer says the prizes will go to the most "confident," most "beautiful," and the most "different," not necessarily those who have the most hair.

Armpit hair has been so stigmatized for Chinese women that they "would rather fall down on buses than to hold something and expose their armpit hair," Xiao said.

Via Weibo

Some doubted why, on the contrary, men can run all over the place with their armpit hair out.

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Oh, did we forget to say? The prizes include 100 condoms, two vibrators, and 30 handy tools that help women pee standing up.

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

Contact Beimeng Fu at beimeng.fu@buzzfeed.com.

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