Feminism: Shaving legs.
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.
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@paolavecuriosidad, I have a saying that no one understands but me “As morality grows, love is diminished”
I say to people on a wide range of topics; hating those who hate is still hate, you are falling into the same trap they are in.
@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.
@paolavecuriosidad, Body hair, from an evolutionary standpoint, is due to colder climates, you find people who come from regions that are predominantly warm have less body hair, like Africans.
It is also suggested that early history of man had two hominids, that were closely enough related (common ancestor) to interbreed. That there were these Neanderthal types in Europe and the Sapien types from Africa, and they cross bred to form modern man.
Neanderthals being from the cold north were hairy while the sapiens from tropical regions were hairless, they created offspring that had strengths from both species, but now humans have a range of hairiness from person to person.
Socially, hair has been looked at as both a masculine trait and an uncomfortable reminder of our prehistoric origins, that we have evolved from animals. Certain religions do not like this reminder to be so obvious, hence the cultural trends. If you look at the beard, in some cases it is seen as a sign of strength, dignity, wisdom, but in other cases seen as barbaric, unclean and lower class.
So I believe the beard is the last remaining front for humanity (religions) to hide the fact we are products of evolution. ;)
@paolavecuriosidad, I mean you can do whatever you want. But sadly people are gonna judge no matter what. The majority of the male population enjoy women with shaved legs. It doesnt mean you HAVE to do it. But you don’t have to brush your hair either or your teeth, or wear nice clothes either. Its just more pleasant to others if you do. And one of the main reasons why you dont see the point in shaving your legs is because you dont understand a mans mind just like I dont understand a woman’s mind. The point of any living species on a biological level is to reproduce. So the more attractive you are and the more time you spend making yourself pleasant for others, the more likely your going to be able to find a compatible partner. Now I do think we have completely crossed the line in some ways as far as making ourselves pleasant for others. For example, I hate make up on women. But until the majority of men view makeup the way I do, the majority of women are going to continue wearing it because it gives them a higher chance of reproduction. This is just biologically wired into us. People are also wired to judge you for it on a subconscious level really. Because if your doing something that is seen as unattractive to others on purpose, your lessening our species chance of survival.
And just to make myself clear, not everyone judges so harshly. I don’t judge you or others whatsoever for not shaving. Its your body and your choice!
I think it is none of anyone’s business how much hair one has on their body.
I see men with big hairy backs on the beach…. I don’t shout out at them ‘SHAVE YOUR BACK”. I understand that is their body, that is how they were born, and that is how their hair grows.
Like you said – we are so conditioned to seeing the ‘sleek smooth legs’ of a women, its it expected that women shave their legs. So expected, that should you go into public with unshaven legs, people think its their prerogative to remind/force/shout at you that YOUR LEGS NEED TO BE SHAVED!!!
Again you hit the nail on the head – women are expected to be these aesthetically pleasing, ready for sex, smooth, soft, sensual objects – 100% of the time.
Body hair for some reason in the modern world, has been allocated a MALE characteristic. Which is ridiculous because we all have body hair.
Its just a case of marketing again. Razors, Wax, Hair Removal Creams… anything they can make a problem on a womens body… they will. So they can sell shit.
Heres a small list of just some of the apparent ‘problems’ women have with their bodies:
-Pubic Hair…… could grow….. OUT OF CONTROL!!? OMG WATCH OUT ITS TAKING OVER!!!!!!
-Looking OLD! Having WRINKLES!?!? THAT’S JUST SO UNNATURAL!!! Let’s cut up our faces and pull the skin back and staple it behind the ears, and fill our foreheads with chemicals instead!!
-Looking Tired – YOU MUST NEVER LOOK TIRED!!
-Having ‘Dull, Lifeless Hair’ – omg!! Oh no!
-Having pimples or blemishes (how dare we show our faces!?!?)
-Being larger than a size 8 (how dare we even walk outside! Should we offend a man with out imperfect size!)
-Uneven skin tone
-Being too short, or too tall
- small lips
- big nose
- Having a too high pitched, or too low toned voice
-dirty, uneven, unpolished finger nails
The list goes on… sheesh with all these ‘problems’ we have to keep on top of to make sure our appearance is acceptable…. When do we get to actually live our lives?
So many fucking ‘ideals’ – no wonder we are unhappy with ourselves, no one can meet all these expectations, 24hrs a day for the rest of their life.
And we shouldn’t have to.
So… don’t shave your legs, and just laugh when someone tells you that you should. Because you know they are trapped in a world of ‘ideals’ and you are living a real life x
You should do what you want and if you want to be in a relationship and a man accepts you with hairy leg then that’s fine. Call it conditioning but you won’t meet many men who find it attractive. Oh and if you’re going not shave your legs then give up the make up, wearing tight clothing (if you do), don’t straight or blow dry your hair, do your eyebrows, fart it’s natural, and when your breath stinks don’t use a mint. Be a feminist
To shave or not to shave. That is the question. Societal pressure plays a big role in how we choose to take care of our body; it’s the classic double standard at play here. Men can get away with being hairy, though let’s not forget a shaved face is often preferred if faced with job opportunities. Being a woman depends on what you want it to mean. I don’t think you necessarily have to be donned with the “parts” to identify with a gender, nor do I think it’s absolutely essential to shave to be a woman. I dig when my legs are hairy. I also like them when they’re shaven!
I feel it’s good for me to show that side of myself to others, to be comfortable in my own skin. It also helps eliminate some of the douche bags I interact with.
@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!
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?
@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.
@priapus, I don’t mean double standard towards shaving legs specificially, but moreso about keeping body hair. as men don’t have to shave everything like women do, or are at least pressured to by a silly system.