3 Reasons You Should Reconsider Shaving as a Woman
By: Jenn Moss
Radical self-love and acceptance have been making its way into society lately, and it is a great thing. With the rise of social media accounts promoting body positivity of all shapes, sizes, color, and identities, these concepts are becoming more accepted in mainstream society. However, there still seems to be one big one lingering in the shadows for women…can you guess it? It is body hair. While we are making advances towards self-acceptance, the topic of body hair, specifically belonging to women, is still seen as taboo.
And it is totally unfair. Both men and women produce hair on their bodies. Yet for women, the ideologies around hair removal are different than those for men. Why is that? Why is body hair on men deemed normal, but if you see a woman in a skirt with unshaved legs, it is deemed as abnormal? There seems to be a lot of contradictions surrounding this topic. The most common response to a non-shaving woman is that they are “dirty,” without any true knowledge of their personal grooming regimen.
Here are some reasons you may want to reconsider shaving:
1. Razor Bumps
This may seem like a small reason, but it is a big one. Shaving your legs, and other areas of your body can cause a lot of irritation to the skin, resulting in painful razor bumps. These are no fun and can cause you a lot of discomforts as you move about your day. Why live with this, if you are fine with your body hair?
2. An Archaic Idea
The concept of women shaving is an old idea and one that needs revision. It started back in the caveman and women times, where they would remove all remnants of hair so that their opponents would not be able to pull on it during combat. Later on, women were heavily marketed to by Gillette when men went to war so that they could make up the loss in money. These ideas are rooted in survival, shaving in the present is not a necessity, although it might feel like it at times.
3. Reconsider Your Reasonings
If shaving makes you feel sexy and empowered, then by all means continue shaving. But if you find that when you examine your reasons and pleasing others is at the forefront, perhaps you reconsider this. If shaving is not something that brings you joy, or if you are not enthusiastic about it, perhaps you stop. Come back to your “why.”
As women, we are taught that we should have from an early age. We start shaving as early as ten — still children. These ideologies are ingrained within us so deeply, that growing up, we are convinced that women should not keep any hair at all, despite it being a very natural thing. Deciding to shave or not to shave is a personal choice, but it is important to note that you do have a choice, and it does not make you any less “dirty.”