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Bachelorette Party Excludes One Woman Because She Refuses To Shave, Bride-to-be Receives Revenge
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Bachelorette Party Excludes One Woman Because She Refuses To Shave, Bride-to-be Receives Revenge

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There is no one right way to go about body hair; whether you grow it out or shave it clean, the decision is yours to make. However, the former option might make some people uncomfortable.

Redditor u/IndependentOcelot832 opened up about being ostracized from the friend group because of her body hair. To make matters worse, one friend took it as far as booking an appointment with her waxer, but the OP chose petty revenge instead.

Even though body hair is natural, quite a few people choose to remove it

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This woman chose not to shave her body hair, which made her friends uncomfortable

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Women seemingly face more pressure when it comes to body hair

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Despite being completely natural, body hair is something some people choose to remove. And whether you prefer embracing your natural hair or being silky smooth, at the end of the day, it’s completely up to you. However, society has deemed one more conventionally accepted than the other, especially when it comes to body hair on women.

Some studies suggest that, based on society’s views, a woman with body hair is considered less sexually and interpersonally attractive than her hairless counterpart. Moreover, she might be seen as “less sociable, intelligent, happy, and positive, and as more aggressive, active, and strong”. Women removing body hair has become so normative over the decades that in some people’s eyes, it has rendered hairlessness the “appropriate condition” for the female body.

British philosopher and professor of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham Heather Widdows suggested that nowadays, it’s the hairy body that stands out, despite it being the natural one. She pointed out that women tend to remove any visible hair, including the private area, and research seems to support the idea—a survey of over 3300 women revealed that nearly 84% of them at least groom their pubic hair.

But the professor—and author of Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal—also emphasized that men too have started following hair removal practices, which has led to new techniques, known as the “back, sack and crack” waxing, or a “manzilian”, sometimes also called “boyzilian”.

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Body hair removal practices reportedly date back as far as the Stone Age

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“Today, most women feel like they have to shave. Like they have no other option. There’s something deeply fraught about that—though perceptions are slowly changing,” Widdows told CNN. And even though the perceptions are slowly changing—seemingly when it comes to both men and women—you might wonder, how did shaving become such an inherent part of people’s beauty practices in the first place?

CNN suggested that for women, hairlessness became a norm back in the 20th century; though even before—as far back as the Stone Age—ancient civilizations would get rid of body hair as well. (They would mostly do it for hygiene-related reasons or to show off class, in the case of Ancient Romans, at least.)

Changes in fashion trends in the 20th century were what prompted the popularity of the hairless body in the US. Sleeveless dresses, shorter hemlines, and other similar alterations of clothing exposed more skin, which now had to preferably be smooth. In order to reach the goal, shaving creams and razors appeared on the shelves, one of which—the Milady Décolletée, launched by Gillette in 1915—was marketed specifically for women.

Over the last century, as people went from embracing their natural hair to shaving it only to grow it back again, the topic never seemed to have lost its relevance. That’s why most people now tend to have a certain preference when it comes to body hair; however, their choice doesn’t mean that people around them should (not) shave accordingly too.

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thequickening avatar
the quickening
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

IT IS JUST BODY HAIR. It hurts absolutely nobody. Don't look if it offends you, lol.

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talliloo
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'm an old fart now and i didn't know that when you get older your hair gets sparse. in my younger years the hair on my legs grew at such a rate that i could have woven 17 navajo blankets if i would have gone a few days without a razor. now, i rarely shave. i did stop shaving for a while and, at the time i was married, my then hubby noticed and made some nasty comments. but, after i ditched him i also ditched the razor. it's a personal choice and it's just hair that is meant to be where it is.

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Do-nut touch da donut
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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My track team has a similar issue, where people (mostly the girls) would feel akward if they hadnt shaved, ive had many of my teamates approach me asking me if it was ok if they took off their tshirts because they hadnt shaved... id have to look at them and tell them no one cared if you hadnt shaved and if they did then thats their problem... i personally shave because i find hair on my armits and legs uncomfortable... but if anyone around me didnt like shaving than i wouldnt have it any other way :]

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's hilarious! I (briefly) dated a guy who went on & on about how sexy women with a Brazilian wax were, which I thought was really bizarre dinner conversation. He'd never even SEEN my well groomed pubic area (I don't do random sex with strangers). I finally just snapped & told him, "The fact you want to f*ck someone who's p*ssy looks like that of a 12 year old is a huge turn off for me". And I never spoke to him again.

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thequickening avatar
the quickening
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

IT IS JUST BODY HAIR. It hurts absolutely nobody. Don't look if it offends you, lol.

zanoni608 avatar
talliloo
Community Member
10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i'm an old fart now and i didn't know that when you get older your hair gets sparse. in my younger years the hair on my legs grew at such a rate that i could have woven 17 navajo blankets if i would have gone a few days without a razor. now, i rarely shave. i did stop shaving for a while and, at the time i was married, my then hubby noticed and made some nasty comments. but, after i ditched him i also ditched the razor. it's a personal choice and it's just hair that is meant to be where it is.

annamurphy avatar
Do-nut touch da donut
Community Member
10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My track team has a similar issue, where people (mostly the girls) would feel akward if they hadnt shaved, ive had many of my teamates approach me asking me if it was ok if they took off their tshirts because they hadnt shaved... id have to look at them and tell them no one cared if you hadnt shaved and if they did then thats their problem... i personally shave because i find hair on my armits and legs uncomfortable... but if anyone around me didnt like shaving than i wouldnt have it any other way :]

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's hilarious! I (briefly) dated a guy who went on & on about how sexy women with a Brazilian wax were, which I thought was really bizarre dinner conversation. He'd never even SEEN my well groomed pubic area (I don't do random sex with strangers). I finally just snapped & told him, "The fact you want to f*ck someone who's p*ssy looks like that of a 12 year old is a huge turn off for me". And I never spoke to him again.

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