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Do You Consider Forgoing Shaving an Option?

The New York Times has picked up on the "trend" of women not shaving their leg and armpit hair, counting Mo'Nique and singer Amanda Palmer among women who don't like the shaved look. There's been a lot of talk recently about both women, which is a bit odd, considering shaving is uncommon in many other countries. It's a big deal only because our culture makes it so.

I think shaving has its place. Even though I've been known to get lazy about depilating, I love having smooth, glossy legs. But I don't care if other women choose not to — doesn't matter to me one way or another. Where do you stand on this? Do you think you could stop shaving and feel confident? (Or maybe you already are au naturel?) Or is going the free and easy route only for celebrities who are already too glam and rich to care what other people think?

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Anits Anits 5 years
I was so happy to read that NY Times article. I stopped shaving two years ago. It always felt like a waste of time and even though I thought my smooth legs felt nice, I started to question why I thought it felt so nice. Was it really better, or was I just conditioned to think that way? I did some research about when women started shaving, and found this article: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/625/who-decided-women-should-shave-their-legs-and-underarms I determined that I was pretty much just conditioned to think that shaving was necessary and nice, and quit. I still feel a little self-conscious about my hair sometimes, but I'm really happy I don't shave anymore. I agree that everyone should have the choice, but I encourage every woman to dig deep and ask themselves why they shave. Is it really for yourself and yourself alone?
Anits Anits 5 years
I was so happy to read that NY Times article. I stopped shaving two years ago. It always felt like a waste of time and even though I thought my smooth legs felt nice, I started to question why I thought it felt so nice. Was it really better, or was I just conditioned to think that way? I did some research about when women started shaving, and found this article: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/625/who-decided-women-should-shave-their-legs-and-underarmsI determined that I was pretty much just conditioned to think that shaving was necessary and nice, and quit. I still feel a little self-conscious about my hair sometimes, but I'm really happy I don't shave anymore. I agree that everyone should have the choice, but I encourage every woman to dig deep and ask themselves why they shave. Is it really for yourself and yourself alone?
DominiqueLuvsBeauty DominiqueLuvsBeauty 5 years
Sure I mean I guess its fine but honestly it just looks better if you shave.
Unconventional Unconventional 6 years
I agree with the first comment that shaving should not be a requirement in a culture. There is nothing wrong with being who you naturally are. However, I personally choose to shave because I like the look of it. Body hair can sometimes gross me out.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I shave when needed.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I shave when needed.
vertes vertes 6 years
I shave, regularly. What others do is up to them, except when the tank top wearing food server reaches across me to serve someone next to me, putting a hairy pit about 6" from my face. Ugh! That brings out a reduced tip, especially when combined with odor.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I wish I had the courage! My girlfriend doesn't shave at all.
Ayu Ayu 6 years
I forgot to add that I don't feel more "clean" when shaved. If anything, I feel like bacteria have easier access to my interior when I removed part of epidermis with a razor and/or there's chafing (because of sports).
Ayu Ayu 6 years
I don't like my body hair, but it's a lot of hassle to have completely smooth skin all the time. I don't shave very often because it's very uncomfortable when the hairs grow (I cycle a lot). I shave my legs twice a week in summer months, when I wear shorts, otherwise once about every 6 weeks or so. I shave my armpits once or twice a week because my skin gets irritated there as well. I dress accordingly so noone has to see my hairy parts, and my boyfriend doesn't mind. I like him naturally hairy, too.
Ayu Ayu 6 years
I don't like my body hair, but it's a lot of hassle to have completely smooth skin all the time. I don't shave very often because it's very uncomfortable when the hairs grow (I cycle a lot). I shave my legs twice a week in summer months, when I wear shorts, otherwise once about every 6 weeks or so.I shave my armpits once or twice a week because my skin gets irritated there as well. I dress accordingly so noone has to see my hairy parts, and my boyfriend doesn't mind. I like him naturally hairy, too.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
If I earned the money I would be straight to the clinic and have the lot off. I also think men should shave their armpits! It looks better and it's cleaner! Now there's a shock to some of you!
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
If I earned the money I would be straight to the clinic and have the lot off.I also think men should shave their armpits! It looks better and it's cleaner! Now there's a shock to some of you!
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I could care less what others do. I like the feeling of a clean shave. If I need to get up a little earlier to shave everyday, so be it.Now if I were a celeb....I'd have the best laser hair removal money could buy :)
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I could care less what others do. I like the feeling of a clean shave. If I need to get up a little earlier to shave everyday, so be it. Now if I were a celeb....I'd have the best laser hair removal money could buy :)
divinedebris divinedebris 6 years
Oh, to each their own. I laugh a bit when some women don't shave, mostly because I admire how they can do that in our society. Even in these comments, the majority of posters thing women not shaving is gross(even if it's only directed to them) so it's difficult to break out of the box there. I don't shave everyday, I really don't even shave my legs more than once every couple of weeks unless I wear a skirt; my leg hair doesn't grow very fast so I don't have to shave. I do shave my underarms a couple times a week, though, just to keep things tidy but I don't have a problem with hair.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
Last time a similar subject came up, someone decided to anonymously have a pop at me and revert to name calling but never mind.Each to their own but personally I'm not particularly hairy but I shave every day as part of my morning shower routine (tip; use hair conditioner for a smooth glide). I'm proud that the only hair on my body is on my head. I love the feeling of smoothness and to me, it feels more hygienic.I don't shave for anyone else, I shave for me!
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
Last time a similar subject came up, someone decided to anonymously have a pop at me and revert to name calling but never mind. Each to their own but personally I'm not particularly hairy but I shave every day as part of my morning shower routine (tip; use hair conditioner for a smooth glide). I'm proud that the only hair on my body is on my head. I love the feeling of smoothness and to me, it feels more hygienic. I don't shave for anyone else, I shave for me!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
Not an option for me, although I understand in some cultures (i.e., Europe) it's considered a norm.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 6 years
I hate that so many people think it's totally disgusting when women don't shave their armpits/legs/whatever, but they're totally cool with men not doing it. I would be more ok with that cultural norm if men were also expected to do it. But ideally, people should be able to choose and go with whatever option they feel most comfortable with. I personally like the feeling of shaved legs and pits, but more power to Amanda Palmer and Mo'Nique and every other woman who doesn't and acts accordingly.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 6 years
I hate that so many people think it's totally disgusting when women don't shave their armpits/legs/whatever, but they're totally cool with men not doing it. I would be more ok with that cultural norm if men were also expected to do it. But ideally, people should be able to choose and go with whatever option they feel most comfortable with. I personally like the feeling of shaved legs and pits, but more power to Amanda Palmer and Mo'Nique and every other woman who doesn't and acts accordingly.
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