And now for something completely less serious: I don’t shave my legs. Haven’t bothered since college. It made my legs itch and burn, sometimes so bad that I would cry after I shaved.
So I would shave once or twice, then stop for a while, then shave again. One day in my sophomore year of college, my boyfriend (now husband) said “Geez, the stubble itches and scratches when it rubs against my legs. Will you either shave or not shave? Just pick one.” So I stopped shaving my legs (although I occasionally shave under my arms, when I feel like it).
And that, as they say, was that. For a few years, I was embarrassed to wear shorts in public and then one day I realized I didn’t give a crap if people thought I was a feminist (because I am) or if people thought unshaven legs are gross (because that’s their issue, not mine).
Some women (like me) don’t feel like spending time on shaving or don’t like the feeling of shaved legs. And that’s okay.
Some women aren’t comfortable with unshaven legs, prefer the feel of smooth legs, or whatever. And that’s okay too.
Why is this still an issue? In 2011, why do I still see news articles (I kid you not!) talking about some actress or singer who ::gasp:: showed up at an awards ceremony with unshaven legs or armpits?
Even in an entertainment/fluff news piece, don’t we have something more important to talk about? Tell me if the actress can act or the singer can sing. Tell me if they’ve won an award, tell me if they’ve done something innovative in their field, but don’t tell me if they shaved, okay? ‘Cause I won’t give a damn and I will immediately dismiss your article as a waste of time.
Just as with makeup or nail polish or pantyhose, to shave or not to shave is a personal issue. It’s not the job of other women or men to tell women whether they should or shouldn’t do it. Seriously, people…get a life!