Body Hair. According to science, girls with body hair still grosses boys out. But why?!
Why is it acceptable for a boy to have armpit hairs as long as my fringe but if girls even have a centimetre of hair, it’s apparently disgusting and they need to shave. Like, immediately.
I remember once, (before reading this, have in mind my family are very open) I was getting out of the shower and Mum walks in, looks down in horror and asks: “Why have you got no pubes?!”
To me it was normal. I was 15 and learnt throughout high school that if I had pubes on my vagina, it was gross. So of course, I shaved them all off, clean and bald like a new born baby. Mum, who still has a bush from the 80’s, just couldn’t understand.
Are we doing it for the sex we lust after? Or are we doing It for ourselves? It’s gotten to the point where I actually feel dirty when I have hair, but in reality, it’s actually more hygienic. It protects us more from STI’s and helps keep our PH balance A-OK down there by keeping out bacteria. We’ve all experienced a gross ingrowing hair ladies, don’t lie to me. And that’s because of shaving!
According to a recent survey, 60% of men prefer their women to be hairless. Jamie Coles, straight male from Wales told me: “Hairy armpits are minging, not gonna lie. But girls can have pubes. Trimmed though. Boys should trim too.”
I asked why he feels that way about underarm hair, “All armpit hair is gross, even on men. I think, as a heterosexual man, it reminds you of men. So it’s unattractive. Hair indicates testosterone which indicates smell. Makes you think a lack of effort has been put in.”
Jasmin Mar, bisexual from Sheffield said, “Honestly? I don’t really care, and I actually find it quite attractive if someone feels they’re able to have their body hair the way they want.”
Nadia Al Aswad, straight from Sheffield says: “Society has placed an intense criticism on women’s bodies in general, but in the specific case of hair, it is an almost archaic notion pursued by western ways of thinking.
“It’s funny though that society has such a double standard on women’s hair, I mean we are supposed to have long beautiful shiny hair on our heads and nice long eyelashes, but apparently everywhere else we have to look as bald as a baby.”
Oh, straight men, when will you learn? It’s because of you, I have to dry shave my armpits, because I want to wear my god damn strappy top.
I don’t think we will ever know the real answer to why we feel the need to shave. I hate that I want to, but I do – and I’m genuinely not doing it for men. I salute you women who have more hair on their legs than I do on my body.
To end, so we don’t lose all hope in boys, I asked a few more if women’s pubes grossed them out. To my happiness, many aren’t bothered at all – most have girlfriends though, they have been well trained.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Shaving is the most common reported hair removal technique by women
- 60% of men prefer a hair free woman
- 50% of women report their typical status as hair free
- 80.3% of people who groom their pubic regions reported experiencing genital itching at least once