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An argument against early to bed

Me: Do you notice whether people shave their legs or not?
B: I don't think so. But most people do, right?
Me: Not men. Most men do not.
B: Yeah, I thought you were talking about women.
Me: I said people. The moms at knitting today were all talking about letting their girls shave their legs "early" and how embarrassed they had been when they were their age and their parents wouldn't let them shave their legs. I just kept quiet, it was never much of an issue for me. But apparently each of these moms found it traumatic.
B: Mmm.
Me: Why do women shave their legs?
B: You could google it.
Me: Is it because they want to look like they haven't reached puberty?
B: (nothing)
Me: I'm going to google it.
Goes through kitchen, notices time is 4:37. Makes coffee. Googles.
In a matter of seconds, Uncle Cecil reveals that, as one might have suspected, women shaving is an American marketing success story. Is this the way I want to start my day? Ah well, it is what it is.


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Apr. 22nd, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
I have dark hair, and as a kid it really embarrassed me that I had hairy legs in about six grade. I don't even think the other girls were shaving, but one day some girls chased me around the playground pushing down my knee socks and laughing. So I went home and used scissors to carefully cut my leg hair. And then in gym class another girl noticed it was gone and was really shocked that I shaved my legs.
Miranda started shaving at maybe 11? I remember she wanted help and I showed her how, but she was still scared she'd cut herself so she'd ask me to do it for a while. I don't shave my underarms, but I never wear sleeveless clothing. I only shave my legs in the summer. I've tried to be all proud and hippy and hairy, but I do actually get a little self conscious about the fact that I never see other women with unshaven legs so I usually end up shaving them when it gets warm enough to be barelegged.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
That playground scene sounds awful! I remember when I was a kid boys used to chase boys and pull their pants down. They called it mowing--"yeah, he got mowed" is what I heard them say--and I didn't figure out until much later it was probably short for homo. But I don't remember any mean girl things at all.

The first time anyone said anything about my legs was when I was in my 20s and my mom leaned over and asked me in a horrified whisper (completely unnecessary, since we were in her house alone at the time) why I didn't shave my legs. I said I did sometimes, but that it often slipped my mind if I wasn't going to be wearing a bathing suit or something like that. She asked me what Brian had to say about it. I was pretty surprised at the question and told her the topic had never come up in conversation. After that, I made sure my legs were covered or shaved before visiting my mom.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
I think it was more of a silly teasing thing that got out of hand because they wouldn't stop.

It didn't take that long because 1. my legs were much shorter then and 2. I didn't know you were supposed to shave the back of your legs. The hair looked darker along my shin, so I only removed that. Even when I started shaving at about 11, I would only shave the front parts.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
yeah, I often forget about the backs of my legs and above the shin, but should try to remember more as it is pretty dark now that i'm in the sun so little.

Cecil's wrong about depilating being just an anglo thing, though -- the turks, for example, use threading or waxing, never shaving, but they do remove arm and leg air.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
And how long does it take to use SCISSORS for your leg hair?!
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