Hair removal from the body is nothing new. Apparently there is a lot of evidence that ancient civilizations partook in the removal of body hair,
Egyptians being one of those. However, the modern conspiracy goes as follows:
The Great Underarm Campaign.
Razor companies (Such as gillette) Wanted to expand their market in order to make more profit (Why else?) This coincided with a development in 1915's
fashion - The sleeveless dress. The safety razor was invented in 1901, so shaving became easier and safer. In an article by Harper’s Bazaar, they
advertised the sleeveless dress and insisted that in order to wear it you had to get rid of "Objectionable Hair" Oh, you mean that natural stuff
under a woman's arms? Okay. You win.
Woman began shaving their underarms in order to wear sleeveless dresses. Im sure they looked wonderful! But what about the legs? As fashion progressed
throughout the decade's, women's skirts became shorter and shorter - Thus women also started shaving their legs.
Not a problem right? Well many women suffer from problems such as:
: Ingrown hairs cause inflammation, leading to redness, itching and raised bumps
corresponding to the affected hair follicles.
- Small, tender raised bumps that look almost like a rash.
Not to mention, Shaving can be such a chore. Anyhow.
A couple months ago i met a girl who didnt shave her legs or underarms - I was almost repulsed by the very thought. Since the age of around 13 ive
shaved my underarms and legs in order to tow the line and be accepted by my peers as normal, so to come across a girl, around the same age, was..
interesting. I had this view in my mind that she would be as hair as a guy, yano what i mean?
What i found most surprising is that... It wasn't so bad. Wasn't at all what i was expecting. Her underarms looked fine. A bit of hair, big wow
Currently in a phase of my life of wanting to experience and experiment with things, so for the past 2 months i haven't shaved my underarms. I don't
think i could go without shaving my legs because the truth is, i like them shaved. Im lucky enough to not suffer any problems from shaving - Just the
fact that its a chore im not assed with sometimes
Here are two pictures of my underarms after 2 months (Oh yes, being very brave, im sure this will come back to haunt me!)
Since not shaving:
- I have not felt like i am sweating any more or any less than usual.
- I have not been repulsed by the site of my own body hair.
- I have not worn a sleeveless top in public (lol)
- Have actually found that i cant bring myself to shave my underarms because i know i'll have to start maintaining them again
- My most recent partner did not have a problem with my "objectionable hair"
Now, i created this thread mainly so i could get the opinions of women. I am in no way advocating that you should abandon your razors, there's
nothing wrong with a bit of gardening. Shaving my legs does make me feel... better, for lack of a better word
I would like to know how many of you suffer from razor bumps and ingrowing hairs and yet STILL continue to shave? Do you feel like you had a choice
when it came to how you should take care of yourself? Or were you just trying to fit into your peer group like me?
Is there any woman here willing to take on the challenge of not shaving for a month?
And to all the guys: The general consensus is that you are repulsed by a woman having body hair, that's why this thread is mainly after the opinion
of women - The women that have to go to ridiculous lengths to groom themselves because its unacceptable if they don't
Mods please move if you feel this thread is in the wrong place, however i feel that shaving is a social construct, pressured by society to make women
more "feminine" - Better able to fit into the prescribed gender roles (Which are fake and unnatural)