Okay as most people know (at least American) beauty culture expects women to shave their armpits and legs. I know simply by virtue of it being an imposed expectation I don’t like it. Seriously who the hell has any business telling someone what they should to be considered beautiful right? But there’s nothing like a little personal experience right?*
About two weeks ago I decided out of curiosity to shave the hair from under my arms. Having shaved my face for about 15 years I knew enough about hair to know what would happen when I shaved under my arms. And boy did it happen.
I really didn’t like it. I mean yeah it felt smooth for the first day or so but the bumping that happens after shaving was really uncomfortable. The itching is maddening.
Like I said I tried this out because simply to get an idea of what it felt like. But since I am already against the idea of imposing unfair beauty expectations on people the discomfort of trying to conform just makes it even worse.
This experiment makes me wonder. As I said I’ve been shaving my face for about 15 years at this point I wonder if I do it because I like the way my face looks when shaven or because I’m caught up in the expectation of shaving so that society will not write me off as a dirty grizzly man.
* – I know that not being a woman I’m not getting the full experience of knowing how it feels to have society expecting me to shave my arm pits (I have my own set of societal expectations to deal with).