- Women's Health
What's up with Women Who Don't Shave Their Legs or Armpits?
Women who've stopped shaving their armpits
Women Who Don't Shave
The debate of women choosing to shave or not to shave is a heated one, just a quick search online will pull up some of the backlash the non-shavers get from (mostly men) people. I've read responses from men saying things such as, "If a woman doesn't shave she might as well be a man" and "I won't be with any girl who doesn't shave". Oh is that right? Who made you Casanova? Demanding someone to keep up with unrealistic ideals to satisfy yourself. How very manly of you, indeed.
Women who don't shave are not dirty, gross, unfeminine or unnatural, (I've actually heard that argument and responded ever so appropriately with a dumbfounded look). If body hair were so disgusting and dirty women wouldn't have been born with hair to begin with! And it's as simple as that -- it's not the evil feminist agenda that people make it out to be, but it seems to me that most people just like to have something or someone to be offended by. This hub isn't about the double standard women are subjected to -- which I personally think is an imaginary construct created by women who won't just get up and do what they want and instead shout "OPPRESSOR" at every man within a 2 foot radius -- no, this hub is about the conditioning, the bizarre ideas we've put into play when it comes to hygiene and the belief that you should do something just because everyone else does. I call nonsense.
The Idea of Hygiene
I wonder to myself if maybe this mandate for women to shave is just another aspect of our ingrained ideas of what is hygienic. Funny though, that's all they are: ideas. The idea that shaving is necessary to maintain cleanliness is just bonkers, same goes for bathing every single day, same goes for washing your hair every single day -- it's not requisite. After all, it wasn't until quite recently (in the scheme of the world's history) that we began shaving, bathing and washing on a regular basis.
The "developed world", as it's called, tends to be thoroughly obsessed with cleanliness. Brush your teeth, wash your hands, shower everyday, clothes are filthy after one wear, yada yada the list goes on. What's astonishing to me is that our culture practices such an extreme routine of external hygiene and yet much of the population will binge daily on the worst food known to man. It's odd that so many of us are perfectly okay with destroying our internal system but can't bear the thought of going a day without showering. Mind-blowing.
I've heard people say that women's motivation for shaving is for sanitary reason. Oh don't make me laugh. If that we're truly the case then men would be shaving their pits, chests, backs and legs bare everyday just like the majority of women. It's not an issue of sanitation if only one gender does it.
Let's face it, ladies. Most of us only shave because it's what we were taught. Most of us probably haven't even seen a westernized woman in public with hairy armpits or legs. We're told it's sexy to be silky smooth, but sexy is only in the eye of the beholder. What we perceive as sexy is heavily influenced by the environment we've grown up in and an environment with only sleek, shiny, smooth women and hairy men is really going to leave an impression.
Ladies, Do You Shave?
Do You Personally Shave your Legs and Armpits?
A Short History on Women Shaving
In 1915 Harper's Bazzar published the first advertisement featuring a woman in a sleeveless dress (all the rage at the time) with shaven underarms. The ad referred to hair under the arms as "objectionable" and wrote of how there was simply no arguing that "fashionable women" would shave off this unfortunate curse bestowed upon women. And so it began.
By the twenties everyone was doing it and by the thirties we were waxing our hair away. Just think about how conditioned you've become; could you walk into a restaurant with furry legs and armpits totally exposed for male viewing? Could you? Most likely not.
Women who have Stopped Shaving
Believing you should or shouldn't shave
Why is hair on a female's body still thought of as unsanitary and unsightly? Even after almost 100 years of mindlessly believing and spending hours a week removing every last body hair, women still put themselves through this needless torture. How could anyone find body hair repulsive? It's present naturally and I thought natural beauty was all the craze right now; if you want some real and raw beauty let yourself go hairy once in a while, I mean, it can't kill you. It's kind of cute if you ask me; furry legs remind me of little bears walking around. Quite personally, I very rarely shave my legs but maybe twice a year and I shave my underarms a few times a month. For me, my hair removal routine is based solely on my laziness: armpits are shaved smooth in a couple minutes but shaving both legs from ankle to hip takes way too much time for me to even consider putting energy into such a thing.
Shave if you want or don't shave if you don't want to.
The right to one's own body seems to be a hard concept for us to grasp. We don't own other people. We don't have any claim to their mind, hearts, spirits or bodies. Everybody is a special creature who should have the right to experience and grow in themselves without any judgemental opinions being shouted at them. You should be able to come to conclusions on your own. You should be able to say, "Oh, well I don't want to shave anymore. I don't see the need." or "I'll continue to shave because I feel clean and I like the feeling." Without having anyone call you less of a woman. The hair is there naturally and therefore the hair on a woman's body is feminine, and if you choose to shave then you're just as womanly. The war between women based on appearance has got to stop.