Feminism: Shaving legs.

1 year, 7 months ago

Alright, so being a feminist, it’s not necessarily easy in this country. As an individual, I live by what I believe in, and I do not try to push my beliefs unto others. I don’t shave my legs, despite the fact that I’m a woman. I feel like it’s unnecessary, seeing as i wouldn’t expect a man to shave his legs. in my eyes, a woman shaving her legs is purely for pleasure purposes: women are supposed to be soft, supple, sexy, aesthetically appealing, (for the pleasure of any eyes that lay on them, men OR women). And i don’t think that’s my goal as a woman on this planet! the reason i speak so much about it is i constantly get a handful of men, MEN, who will speak with me and say “shave your legs”. no not even a “you should shave your legs,” a “SHAVE YOUR LEGS”. Like who the fuck are you? Get the fuck out of my face you misogynist bastard. A guy told me it was not hygienic, and thank you for the health lesson babe but, I shower daily. isn’t it just as unhygienic for men not to shave then? contradiction after contradiction after fucking contradiction. Women seem to not like it either as they say well that’s cool but i’m gonna keep shaving, and that’s fine, but the women i meet aren’t as passionate about feminism as i am. all i have to ask is, why does it matter to so many people? why cant i just do my own thing? fucking damn.

August 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

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Profile photo of Bryan Hellard Bryan Hellard M (@xyver) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, Ok…. good for you?

You didn’t leave much to start a discussion with, so I’ll ask a question. You say that you don’t think shaving your legs (or being pleasing to look at) is your goal as a woman on this planet.

So what is your goal?

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, Social conditioning.

I think hairy arm pits are really sexy on girls, so if you have the confidence to rock that shit, bless your soul. I’m still a slave to the razor but I’m extremely lazy about it. I compromise by not shaving my thighs. The hair is pretty light up there so it’s less noticeable. However my boyfriend likes smooth legs so I told him he can shave my legs each day if it means that much to him. He agreed. We’ll see how long that lasts! :)

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Profile photo of Michael Michael (@michaellll) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, haters gonna hate. why are you a feminist? What is it feminist stand for?

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Profile photo of Paola Paola (@paolavecuriosidad) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@xyver, suppose this was more of a rant.

@michaellll
true dat.
im a feminist because of my background as a Latina women, where women are expected to stay submissive.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

Why not turn this around, if all men where fat, eat as they please…..

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Profile photo of Paola Paola (@paolavecuriosidad) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@spiraltouch, i dont quite understand your point

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

I know, me either, I just compared fat men with woman that have unshaven legs… sorry @paolavecuriosidad,

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Profile photo of Paola Paola (@paolavecuriosidad) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@spiraltouch
its okay i see what you mean! of course thats a false analogy, seeing as they are completely different aspects of one’s body:) haha

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Profile photo of Stoney Baloney Stoney Baloney (@adamm0ss) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, I could be wrong, but it looks like you have makeup on in your picture, and no uni-brow.. What is different about those two things and the leg shaving? Isn’t the goal of makeup and eyebrow maintenance essentially to be aesthetically pleasing?

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Profile photo of Priapus Priapus (@priapus) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

Perhaps a better comparison would be men shaving their faces, something most men do on a daily or almost daily basis. This is again primarily to make themselves more appealing to women as most women do not like beards. Or maybe an even better example would be back hair.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@priapus, I love my boyfriend’s beard and back hair.

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Profile photo of Stoney Baloney Stoney Baloney (@adamm0ss) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@priapus, And many jobs require men to shave their face.

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Profile photo of Priapus Priapus (@priapus) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, I can believe you may love your boyfriends beard, but feel you are probably just trying to be polite when you say you love his back hair.

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Profile photo of Paola Paola (@paolavecuriosidad) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, when it comes to make up, you have a point. I have tried giving make up and it seems to be something that has been extremely programmed into me, and I am working on not relying on it. as for the unibrow, i dont have one so there is no need for plucking!

@priapus
yeah i agree, most people don’t condone beards in a work environment. personally, i love beards, i think they are sexy.

I suppose my biggest question, is why do women shave their legs? When did it all start? why is this attractive on a biological level?

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@priapus, agreed!! ;-)

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@priapus, I really am not. When him and I first got together he had a prickly chest and stomach and shoulders because he shaved it off thinking it was gross and I asked him to please never do that again… He has blonde/reddish body hair and I think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

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Profile photo of inna inna (@paintedbeings) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, I would assume the shaving started or was deemed attractive because women’s legs have a very alluring shape, and seeing them smooth drew more attention and emphasis to the delicate and feminine aesthetic from thigh to toe.

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Profile photo of Priapus Priapus (@priapus) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, The same reason people do most things, consciously or unconsciously – because it is something the opposite sex are drawn to. If you do the things the opposite sex are drawn to you increase your sexual odds. Don’t do them and you reduce them. Most men don’t find hairy legs on women appealing (although some do).

I shave my face, I pluck my eyebrows, pull hair from my ears and my nose, shave the back of my neck, the top of my back, the bottom of my back, my penis, and my scrotum (which is perhaps the most difficult and potentially dangerous part of the human body to attempt to shave. One slight jerk and I may lose a bollock). I don’t have to do these things, I am just making myself more presentable. There is nothing wrong with grooming – we all do it. Pretty much.

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Profile photo of Eq Eq (@truthseeker) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

”why does it matter to so many people? ” – Why does anything matter?
Some people might feel more comfortable or confident doing so. Just as some people feel more significant emphasizing their gender’s equality.

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Profile photo of Paola Paola (@paolavecuriosidad) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

Just a quick note, i like how we can all discuss this, and not fight about it. it’s refreshing

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Profile photo of The Loop The Loop (@Loop) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, My girlfriend doesn’t shave her armpits or her legs, and I find it extremely sexy, personally. The only reason men (and women) prefer women to shave is because that is considered more feminine and more attractive. It’s all really just social conditioning. It’s cultural. Nothing more. It’s what people are told is attractive over the course of their lives.

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Profile photo of Hachi1 Hachi1 (@SFHardy) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, This thread reminded me that I really need to shave because I keep forgetting and I’ll be getting a detention soon at school. (randomly strict conduct rules at my school when everything else is ridiculously lax)

Monkeys and other primates have lots of hair – then there’s us with not much hair – I wonder if, if we were to evolve for another few thousand years, we’d lose all our hair?

This may sound weird – but people who care too much about how they look put me off. If someone shaves their legs lots and spends aggees with make up and stuff I don’t like it very much.

I remember in some survey thing a few-percent-over-half of women preferred men that looked feminine (shaving leg hair etc) and the rest preferred men that looked masculine (beards etc). It’s be funny if half of guys liked women that looked all masculine with hairy bodies hahah.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad, I sleep through the day and stay awake through the night, I am nocturnal, but I do that because it feels natural for me, not because society says I shouldn’t.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 1 year, 7 months ago ago
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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@paolavecuriosidad,
When I was in high school I used to run cross country. Homeboys kept saying that if you shaved your legs you’d run faster, me being a dude didn’t want to do it but ended up doing it anyway for a race. It was the 1 mile race, my best record ever was 5:53, my time after the race was 5:38. Yeah, who knew that shaving my legs would improve my speed. Just thought I’d input this story in your post.

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