So, what do you all think about shaving?
I ask because I’ve recently started shaving my legs. Not for the first time, I did shave them in junior and high school. I don’t remember being particularly dedicated to shaving, but I know that I did it. I experimented with not shaving when I got to college. I think it was even before my first sociology and anthropology classes. I think at first I just lengthened the amount of time between shaves to add more sleeping and then to avoid having to shave in the less than private stall-style showers they provided at Gonzaga. The more engaged I became by my sociology and anthropology classes the more opposed to shaving I became. I pretty much stopped all together by my sophomore year. Since then I have shaved, mostly to make my extended family more comfortable. I either shave or dress in a manner that does not accentuate my hairiness at family functions. It’s not my family’s fault their related to a hairy hippy who would jump at the chance to live in Canada or Sweden!
Lately, I’ve been feeling pressured by T’s comments regarding my scratchy legs and A’s increasingly conservative occupation to pick up the habit again. Honestly, I feel a little embarrassed and disappointed in myself when I shave. I don’t even like the way it feels when it’s done. My legs feel itchy and naked, my bikini line seems to have been rubbed with sandpaper and my underarms feel dry, sticky, sweaty and raw all at the same time. Call me lazy or overly liberal, I just don't like doing it.
The biggest thing is that I just hate joining in. I feel like I’m being dishonest to everything I’ve learned and wanted to become. It’s like I’m trying to get into a club I don’t want to join in the first place. I truly feel that every woman who shaves her legs, underarms and pubic hair is contributing to the sexualization of children. And supports our society's obsession with youth as the only acceptable form of beauty. I like being an adult and I embrace looking like one. So now that I’m off my soapbox, what do you all think? I welcome your (tasteful and considerate, please) comments. Please keep in mind that I've spent every moment with a two year old this week.