Steph B. shares a piece she posted on Medium: I’m a grad student, feminist, and lover of popular culture. I was watching an infomercial for a hair removal product one day, and one of the women said that she used to not go to the beach with her friends if she hadn’t had time to shave. That particular sentiment made me so sad and angry that I had to write something to keep from throwing my TV out the window.
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