June 26, 2016

The Curious Case of the Body Hair

Society has built up this image that its sexy to look super smooth. "There are no sexy models with hairy legs". Females from as young as 12 start to get influenced by their friends, family and the media and the issue of body hair is perceived as bad. Eventually us females perceive it as the norm and don't think twice to question it. It's just something we have to do. 

This issue of body hair has been coming up quite a bit in my personal life and it's something that I've grown to have a strong opinion on. It's interesting to see the different opinions people have and how it varies in terms of age. Maybe the trend of shaving is just something that was popular when our parents were growing up? Is it going out of trend? 

I must have started shaving around 11 or 12. In PE there would be girls which would judge you for having hairy armpits or legs and at that age you really just want to be accepted. So I listened and from then on I continuously shaved to conform to the society's norm of a female. I haven't questioned this since then until I've started to grow up and build my own opinions. 

When you're growing up it's your parents that are teaching you to think a certain way, with the society's input of course. However when you start to grow up you get influenced by other things and you can choose which ones you accept and which ones you don't. I guess what I'm trying to say, don't listen to what people are telling you.

When I was getting older shaving eventually became a chore which was a hassle to do. I started to not care as much about doing it and we get to this stage now where my mum is giving me 'the talk' about how I should really shave my armpits. 

It's not that I've completely given up on it, it's just that I don't care for it anymore. I probably will shave if its for some special occasion but I don't think it should be as regular. I get the whole thing of the pleasure of smooth legs when you just get into bed but does it really need that much attention? It's just hair, I've got it on my head so why should I shave other areas. Boys don't have to shave so why should girls. Who made that decision?

Some people's argument here is that it's unhygienic. After doing some research I have found that this argument has been completely shattered by medicals. When it comes to shaving your intimate areas, it has been proven that shaving can increase the risks of getting all sorts of infections and the risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease, not that I'm likely to get that anyway but you get the point. Shaving irritates your skin and increases your chance of catching things. It's basically more hygienic to not shave. 

Moving to the armpit hair, believe it or not, the same principle applies. Underarm hair provides protection against friction when the arm is moved. It's a natural occurrence so why should you fight nature? It's obviously there for a reason so why should we make our lives harder. Who needs all the hassle anyway?

To sum up, body hair is natural. We shouldn't have to shave because people are telling us that. We're strong independent women who can control our lives! Why don't you try it, don't shave for a week or a month and see how you feel about it.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


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