Dubbed the Hairy Legs Movement, many women are now choosing to forgo shaving in a bid to challenge the beauty standards brought about by the unrealistic expectations of how women ‘should’ look. At the end of the day, it is your body, so you should be allowed to wear or look after it, however you want. I see this as empowering, but men should also be put into the picture. Both men and women should not have to be told whether they can or cannot shave. If a dude wants to shave, then great, if it makes him feel good about himself. If a girl doesn’t want to shave, then awesome, if she can’t be bothered to live up to societal expectations. There are many reasons for shaving or not shaving, and no-one should be judged for any of them!
In the past, many cultures have used shaving/waxing as a hygienic practice, rather than something to strive for, to be ”perfect”. In the early 1900s, shaving would have been unnecessary as arms and legs were seldom seen, but as soon as the short sleeved dress was invented, a popular fashion magazine deemed body hair as unattractive on women, and so women started to shave it off. Nowadays, this practice costs £9.34 every month, so £112.08 a year, an expensive habit!
The above link is the site that has begun to empower women all over the world. Yet, there are still some people who are ignorant to the fact that no-on has the right to control what you do with your body. For example, one commenter says that her family are so disgusted by her not shaving, that they’ll sit as far away from her as possible, if her legs are uncovered. Another states that one person said to ”It’s not natural to change your hair colour all the time, so why don’t you shave?”. This needs to stop! People should be able to choose what they want to do with their body, regardless of what anyone else thinks!
I know myself that my own main reason for not shaving sometimes, is that I’m too lazy, and would prefer a few extra minutes in bed, the same as you would if you used dry shampoo instead of washing your hair. So then, why is using this dry shampoo acceptable when you’re too lazy to wash your hair, and yet not shaving isn’t? Modern women’s magazines don’t help either, rather they hinder it, with ”how to make your legs as smooth as [insert celebrity name here]”, and ”ten ways to make your man fall in love with you” (which usually involves some form of shaving). But the thing is, if you’re partner, your family or your friends don’t accept you as your unshaven (or shaven!) self, then you know exactly who is right behind you.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!