Body Hair Laissez-Faire: Day 7

Seven days after I stopped shaving my legs, my boyfriend packed a suitcase and skipped town.

Either he can’t stand to be near someone so obviously mammalian, or he has an opera gig in New Mexico. One never knows.

I’ve wondered if conditioning women to dislike their own body hair influences their feelings regarding men’s body hair as well. What do you think? I’ve often wanted to prune gentlemen, but that may easily be my freakish neatness shining through. It’s not the usual furry areas that trouble me, it’s stray hairs or random, inexplicable hair patches. I expect humans to be tidy and symmetrical, and they/we seldom are.

Hmm.

LAISSEZ FAIRE UPDATE:

About three seconds after I (bravely, selflessly) abandoned my tweezers, a coarse, dark hair appeared well under my left eyebrow. A dreaded random hair! NOOOOOOOOOOO! That was only the beginning. I fear for my eyebrows. By mid-month, I’ll be wearing glasses constantly and avoiding eye contact.

From the eyes down, however, things are pretty unremarkable; my legs still look bare, though they feel stubbly. My armpits show promise. A “happy trail” is forging its way up my belly. If there were anything to see, I’d post pictures.

Honestly, I expected more drama than this. Now that I see how slooowly most body hair grows, I can’t believe I shaved so often. What fools these mammals be!

How do you feel about your body hair?

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  1. I promise that it wasn’t the impending fuzziness. ;)

    I wondered how slowly or quickly it would grow. You don’t seem like the female equivalent of a man who has to shave twice a day.

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  2. On men, I love a hairy chest. Everywhere else, I could take it or leave it. I don’t care. But on a chest, hair just belongs there. Men who take it off weird me out.

    On me, I see it mostly as an annoyance. I mean, I could spend hours at a time plucking/shaving/tweezing/epilating everything I want to get rid of. But a week later, it will be back! What the hell!

    I think I have gotten more comfortable with it, though. I remember times in my life when I would shave every day even in the winter, because it was almost like I didn’t want to admit to myself that I could actually grow hair. Now hair removal is born out of necessity. If I want to wear something that will reveal a certain body part, I will get rid of the hair. Otherwise, I don’t bother. (Except my pits – for some reason I am still pretty weird about them, I can’t stand to not shave them every day!)

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  3. Mr. Jaunty – Whew!

    I may be the female equivalent of a guy who only has to shave twice a month. We’ll see.

    Kelly – Have you noticed that men on TV never have chest hair? This surprises me, I had no idea. Do actors have to wax their chests, then? Ouch!

    “I remember times in my life when I would shave every day even in the winter, because it was almost like I didn’t want to admit to myself that I could actually grow hair.”

    Yep, I remember that feeling. I’m betting most young girls feel that way, once they’re informed that Hairy Women Are NOT Okay. Plus, when I was younger I thought guys were MUCH harder to impress than they are in reality. Ha!

    I shave my armpits more than anything else, possibly because they’re close to eye level and it’s a quick job. Kneecaps, however… not so quick and easy.

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  4. At one point in my life I let everything grow in. I’m half-Italian so it’s quick and plentiful, even if I’m a lighter shade than previous generations thanks to the English in me. After a while I just got tired of it being itchy or uncomfortable – hair under socks, deodorant on pit hair, etc and I wondered how men remain hirstute and feel tidy and itch-free.

    At that point I started shaving again. My leg hair lasted longer than pit hair.

    But I think the general exercise of self-exploration and living outside of your box/knowing you can willingly break social norms is an important thing for everyone to do!

    Looking forward to your future posts on the matter.

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  5. My family is pretty hairless, so it hasn’t been a big issue in my life. My brothers have a bit harder time growing a beard and I have to tweeze my eyebrows once every few months.

    HOWEVER, there is this one little patch of hair I get on the top of my big toe that just grosses me out! I don’t care if my future love thinks its the best thing ever, because it looks yucky to me, so I will shave it off until I am old and gray and can’t bend over anymore.

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  6. Phoebe – PHOEBE! That flowchart is outrageously fabulous. I didn’t just “lol,” I guffawed and bellowed and howled with laughter. Talk about a great punchline!

    This merits a post of its own.

    jesse.anne.o – Mr. Jaunty complains a lot and hair vs. socks, and deodorant gunk in armpit hair grosses me out…

    “But I think the general exercise of self-exploration and living outside of your box/knowing you can willingly break social norms is an important thing for everyone to do!”

    Beautifully said. I’m testing my own boundaries, and it’s surprisingly fun.

    I think pit hair will last me longer than leg hair.

    hazelnutmegan – Wait, you only have to pluck your eyebrows every few MONTHS? Wow!

    I have big toe hair, too. As long as you shave your toes faithfully, your future gent will never know it exists and can’t fall in love with it. Sounds like a plan, eh? =)

    I’m not half Italian. My body hair is fairly sparse and mostly invisible. So I’m not the most exciting candidate for this project, but hey. Gotta work with what I have.

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  7. I’m currently going through this “phase”. Mr. Other-Half doesn’t care or acts like he doesn’t, but I find myself embarassed at my legs now. I hurry to the bed and quickly pull the covers over them, or turn off the lights. :/
    It’s weird.
    I’ve decided that I will most likely shave tonight.

    PS loved that flow chart. ;)

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    Rebekah Reply:

    I’m guessing if he cared much, he’d have mentioned it. Did you end up shaving?

    Isn’t that flow chart fantabulous? The punchline made me bust a gut laughing. Not literally. My guts are fine.

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