you see this?
it’s called a razor
if you’re a girl, USE IT
your hairy legs and armpits aren’t cute okay
you’re not helping out for woman’s rights or anything
YOU’RE JUST MAKING YOURSELF LOOK NASTY
Women have been socialized to believe that they must remove hair for a number of reasons, primarily the following:
- hair is historically and Biblically associated with power; we as a patriarchal culture are obsessed with keeping hair on men (facial hair, Hair Club for Men, hair plugs, whatever) and keeping it off women. You say hair on women is nasty; why is it only hair on women? Women and men have the same pubic hair. We all grow it out of our follicles for the same reason. Why is it only gross on women?
- women’s bodies have been considered the property of men since the dawn of time, and therefore we have been held to a standard of beauty and attractiveness that is not determined by us but is instead determined by something called the male gaze, which is erases all sexualities and genders other than cisgender heterosexual men and assumes that women are performing for it.
- childlike women are considered less “threatening” and more “feminine” because they are naive, quiet, and rely on ~*adult men*~ to take care of them.
- there is a fallacy about pubic hair that it is dirty. It is not dirty. In fact, it’s there to keep your genitals cleaner. Pubic hair and armpit hair are also there to spread your pheromones around and make it easier for you to attract a mate.
- all mammals have hair. We’re mammals.
- No one else’s body is your business. Ever. You want to shave? Go ahead! That’s totally your prerogative and if you’re more comfortable shaving, feel free. But given that pubic hair isn’t innately dirty, there’s no reason for anyone to remove it if they don’t want to.
You’re not sending out some edgy, hardcore message here. You’re just reinforcing what our culture wants you to reinforce. Before you pick up that razor again, think about why you want to shave. Is it just because our culture told you to? Why’d they tell you to? What’s the point?
Do what makes you comfortable and what makes you happy, and let others do the same.
Not to mention that at least in the US, shaving legs and underarms has been a thing for less than a century.
And was popularized by razor and depilatory companies. Who, of course, just wanted to double their sales by targeting women as well as men. Their marketing campaigns started in women’s magazines in 1915.
Here’s the first advertisement they ran trying to sell razors by telling women their underarm hair was “objectionable”. And it worked.
Advertising and commercialism once again enforcing arbitrary restrictions on women’s bodies~
I don’t usually reblog these things and feel free to ignore me now, but I have to agree with the comments above. Shaving is a requirement placed on both roles, particularly women, for reasons that are solely “socially acceptable”. On top of all the facts stated above, shaving can be dangerous. You are using a sharpened blade to remove the hair from your skin. This is a bit gruesome but I feel the need to explain.
The first time I was told I needed to shave was in grade school. Back then, the teasing was very intense; walking around a school yard in shorts and having all the other girls there laughing at my hairy legs was shaming and embarrassing. So I told my mother when I went home that day. She told me that I needed to learn to shave, and so she showed me how. This is a very difficult thing to understand as well, as all women know. You must learn how much pressure to apply, how to bend your leg to avoid cuts, and not until a few years ago, did I realize that you “have to” shave up past the knee as well, which on the thicker flesh, causes a burn on my legs.
When I went about learning to shave, I was excited, which was wrong at the time- not just because of social standards but because it was dangerous. I wanted to learn to shave so bad, I would shave every other day to try and get better at it. This resulted in more than a handful of occasions where I would sheer the skin off of my legs. It hurt very bad as you would imagine, and the healing on my legs prompted me to either wear jeans which hurt further, or bare them to the schoolyard, which caused further ridicule.
This dire need to shave, to please society, has got to stop. It hurts young girls emotionally and physically, and the fact that shaving is something that must become a careful routine in every woman’s life and is ingrained in our culture is terrible.