originally posted by: teapot
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: seasonal
...it is worth noting that shaving has now been linked to skin cancer in woman probably down to whatever they put on after they have shaved the
I believe a correlation has been established between use of chemical preparations including deodorant and talcum powder and increased risk of breast
But of course, the media 'debate' about this focuses on male opinion rather than women's health. I have encouraged my daughters to take a more
self-valuing view on this, use more natural products, go au natural. Be part of the 25% (and growing?) of women that put breast health ahead of
pleasing their partners.
Well put, my earlier comment's were both wrong and tongue in cheek so not intended as too serious.
Now the way I really do see it is that - it is a current cultural and fashion trend and most trend's do come and go but this one is a little harder
to get rid of.
Now more seriously if our body's have hair some place then it is for a reason so shaving it is actually not necessarily a good idea after all.
Being male I only really have to shave my beard (when I can be bothered to) and leave my quite hairy chest alone but that bring's me to another
observation to expand upon your point about media and image.
Today young men are shaving there chest's, having them waxed and even using chemical hair removal cream's non of which is natural or can actually be
good for them.
I believe everyone has the right to express themselves the way that they want BUT within reason of course and no want's nudists walking down the high
street after all to make an extreme example of freedom of expression gone a little too far.
To be totally true as well selling body image merely play's on sexual stereotype's in an age were there are far fewer moral boundary's than there
once were and it can actually be bad but worst of all is peer pressure which most kid's and young people have to cope with and that is perhaps even
more to blame, of course that starts in school so we can blame the failure of the education system's to properly enforce cultural moral standards and
respect for others, in fact some education institutions and even individual teachers have the misguided opinion that letting kid's find there own
hierarchy is a natural and therefore a good thing while they actually miss the point that they have a duty of care on behalf of those children to
prevent them being put down by peer pressure and in fact modern schooling is an artificial social environment alien to the psychological development
of the human race until the last few hundred years, an artificial social structure and environment which is still changing it's morphology radically
at the expense of those student's it fail's.
And of course in the case of your own daughters as with any parent and I feel it too, you know that what you really want is for them to meet the
person that Love's them not just there image and most of all whom they will be happiest and safest with but as you also know the real world
unfortunately seldom plays fair and the majority of the male population are by there very nature real shallow hal's interested only in spreading there
seed while sadly today many of the female population are not far behind on that point and in fact are mostly far more self image conscious than men as
well as far more vulnerable to social peer pressure, which is not to say young guy's are not also vulnerable to it because they most certainly are.
Part of our nature as a species during this early stage in life is of course to try to attract the opposite sex and that is true of both genders but
it is of course based on primal instinct and quite often at odd's with our more rational intellectual nature and in that especially in the young
emotions are a wild card which are constantly in flux, hence moody teen's fighting the influence of there hormone's, true of both male's and
You are correct this is a thread more about self expression and self image and how many youngsters are dying or else having there lives ruined by
peer pressure as they are forced by group mentality of even simply a clique around them into chasing after the wrong thing and that being what other's
want them to be rather than being true to themselves which of course would make both them more happy and indeed the world in general a better
But though there is a counter movement, there always is, a sub culture if you like that has been around for a long time now how do you change a
cultural vein that is so entrenched in the social psyche and mass media of today and indeed has been for a great many decades.
Once again I would like to apologize to everyone for my earlier immature humor and note that hair serves a purpose, it is not dirty at all I am
ashamed to have to acknowledge that I was playing on stereotype there and very stupidly and callously so.