As a white, western woman, I feel as though it is socially (culturally?) expected of me that I remove most of my visible body hair, save for that atop my head.
I don’t know if it’s my newly minted old age* or what, but I just really haven’t had the time for these expectations of late.
*SARCASM PEOPLE, OKAY?
But seriously. I mean, I really, really hate shaving my legs. Almost as much as I hate shaving my armpits. I hate shaving my armpits THE MOST. Especially in the winter. I’ll go for months without taking a razor to my limbs because of my rampant MEH syndrome.*
*Also sarcasm, but sometimes it does feel this way.
I’m also completely lax about plucking my eyebrows, and I’m starting to believe that the only time I really get around to using my tweezers is when it becomes apparent that I’m only using my eyebrow pencil to differentiate my actual eyebrows from the ever-thickening unibrow taking over the width of my face.
And I don’t know how to feel about this.
On one hand, I don’t want to have to worry about carting around a fainting couch for all those I inadvertently scandalize should they catch a glimpse of my underarm hair, but then on the other hand, I do worry, because my initial reaction to seeing my own armpit hair is pretty darn unfavourable.
(Luckily though, I have yet to employ the use of the couch.)
But overall, this reaction of mine does bum me out.
The fact that I’ve internalized prescriptions of what’s acceptable and what is not when it comes to the completely natural growth of hair on MY OWN BODY makes me glum.
And it is this glumness, combined with my before mentioned apathy, that makes me feel as though I am catapulted back and forth between NOT CARING and CARING about my body hair.
(I should look into whether or not that correlates with not summer, and not summer.)
Either way, right now, I have engaged NOT CARING mode.
Plus, at the base of it all, I am one of those people that just doesn’t care for sticking around any longer in the bathroom than I absolutely must.
I don’t want to faff around getting ready for LIFE, because LIFE is already completely bonkers and as such, I have enough things to do already.
And also, excuse my horn blowing, but I kind of think that I’m pretty darn snazzy looking as is, and I’m of the mind that whether or not I remove my leg hair everyday – during the eighteen years of winter I am currently living through no less - isn’t going to put a significant dent into my hotness quotient.
At least not in my eyes.
I mean, isn’t that what it’s all about anyways?
If you think you look good, who cares either way?
Unless you’re telling me that my leg hair is slowing down my running.
Then we might need to talk.