Ditto. I haven't shaved in years. I love the feeling of my legs with hair on them. I liked the smooth feeling too, but when your hair grows out, it's not all hard and prickly like it is when you haven't shaved in a few weeks. And in the summer, my hair at least, gets blond from the sun. I might gross people out, but that's not my problem.
Well, without reading all the responses to this, I just want to say that this is my first summer since back in my hippie 20's (and I asked my husband if he cared, he swore he didn't), so I haven't shaved my winter growth yet. I don't parade it around (yet) because I know it would be shocking for all you who are shocked by seeing the way that The Creator of The Universe expresses itself through me and to interject that into modern society, well, that's as crazy as saying that maybe there is something wrong with the way we view cooked food. That's just crazy talk. So, no, I'm not throwing my hairy armpit in your face (although I do enjoy wearing a short sleeved shirt and someone noticing the hair) or showing my male-basketball-player-looking calfs. Yet. I'm getting used to them first. And yes, it feels effin incredible to not effin have to effin shave any-effin-more!! I highly recommend it, with all my heart. It feels like when I went raw, I can't believe something so natural was in front of my face all my life and I didn't see it. Me having to shave the hair that grows in the exact same places it grows on a man? It's called sexism. Might as well get a burka for the women in your lives, because believing women's bodies, in their natural state, are offensive is the same reason women are forced to wear burkas. I say, grow up.
old but good topic...
yay body hair! i think it's so beautiful and sexy... when i used to shave, i had a heck of a time with it. i'm pale with very dark hair, and it has always seemed to grow rapidly-- on my legs, especially. my underarms are very sensitive, and they used to get rashes and infections from shaving. i was tired of the futile attempts to look hairless, and i was tired of the pain and antibiotic pills from infections, so i stopped shaving completely a little over a year ago. i was a little grossed out at first, because i wasn't used to it, but as it literally grew on me, it figuratively grew on me. now, it makes me feel like a woman instead of a little girl. my family thinks it's just a phase, and i've gotten some weird looks from people, but what really matters is what i think of it. and i like my fuzzies!
as for pubic hair, i trim it for practical reasons (easy hygienic care during menstruation), but it's still out past the bikini region. it is what it is, and i'm not embarrassed.
as i've become more comfortable with my body hair, i've become more confident and free. it's a great feeling... like i'm breaking loose from the shackles of society, and not shaving is the first step. even though society says i'm naturally unattractive, i feel beautiful. i'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. purposely not shaving was a way for me to put some power over my self-esteem in my own hands. it's done wonders for my physical and mental health. :)
as a bonus, i save a lot of time and money by not shaving, so that's another mental health perk! haha.
Way to go! I am still not comfortable enough, but as each day goes by, I realize how insane it is that I am worried about offending (or dealing with someone's feeling offensive) because I don't look like a female human who has gone through puberty. Puberty!! That's when boys and girls both grow hair in the same places. Difference is, when a woman does it, it's consider gross, when a man does it, it's considered normal. God, the world appears screwier and screwier. I admire your courage and as I build up to it, I look forward to further enjoying my non-shaving journey! It's been a trip! :)
right you are! and thank you for the kind words. i'm glad that you're enjoying it and are becoming more comfortable, and i hope that you continue to become happier and more comfortable with your body... it's definitely a process that takes time, but it's so worth it. :)
i think smooth is sexy, but on the other hand f*** fake. but like at least one poster stated, we're conditioned to have a certain response. it would be nice to live in a world where so many women aren't held to a standard that so heavily encourages them to obscure their natural form. i feel for you ladies.
I agree. Although I would definitely say a lack of body hair is more attractive, it's only because of conditioning.
I love to grow my body hair, i go through stages but after doing it a few times i completely lost any sense of being uptight about it. :)
shave the legs
shave under the armpits
shave down there...be creative ;)
I prefer shaving and waxing. Maintenance is a pain in the a$$. Makes me feel better, though. Personal preference.
I like myself shaved..and I think men should shave themselves too!!!
For centuries we had this division of roles where women had to embody beauty and kindness while men had to embody strength and ingenuity...I say why not try to be all of the above? To me a man without armpit air or unibrow is much more appealing than one with...
Then again taste is subjective. But yeah I would not advocate less grooming for women but more grooming for men! :-)