Since YouTube absolutely refuses to let me sign up this blog for posting I’ll just link to this post from Faux Real that contains a video of British talk show hosts Richard and Judy interviewing a woman who’s decided to grow her damn body hair instead of spending thousands of pounds removing it every year.
- Blonde Judy questions how it can cost thousands of pounds to “shave your leg”. Oh, Judy, do please try to think outside your own experience. The guest was not white: she looked Pakistani or Persian. But even among white women, there are those of us who do not have blond body hair. At a millionth of an inch long, our “stubble” is visible. Sometimes that hair is very coarse and hard and painful to the skin. Sometimes it’s curly and tends to ingrow and cause disgusting cysts under the skin. Sometimes it’s on arms, bellies, even chests and so on. You have no idea what we go through trying to remove this hair. So do shut up. Aw, I know I’m being mean, but if I have one more blonde insist that I’m being melodramatic when I tell her I have to shave every two days or I can’t sleep because the stubble’s so rough, I won’t be responsible for my actions. If you lack the life experience, please assume you don’t know what you’re talking about instead of that the other person is making up stories. Thank you.
- Man Richard explains that leg hair on women makes him nauseous. When pressed, he describes a woman who used to cram long leg hairs under nylons. Okay, now I’ll admit that is something I can understand finding repulsive. But naked leg hair without the nylons? He was too repulsed to touch the guest’s leg when she invited him to. It was a beautifully shaped calf, too, with lovely medium brown skin. The hair was hardly darker than the skin, and it lay flat. It really wasn’t unattractive at all. But to Richard, it was gross.
Which means that Richard doesn’t actually like women. He’s not truly heterosexual because he only likes women who’ve been altered in certain ways, and that deserves an orientation category all its own. It’s like being oriented only toward women who used to be men before a sex change operation. Would you call that straight? Gay? Bi? Or just a sick fetish?
That’s what this shaving thing has become. A man is no more or less a man depending on whether he shaves his face. A woman is no longer a woman if she lets her hair grow like nature designed it.
Personally, I detest body hair on both genders. If it were up to me, men would shave everything below the eyebrows until they were as aerodynamic as a squirt of toothpaste. But that’s just me, and somehow I manage to accept that bodies grow hair, and no one has a duty to remove theirs to please me.
I do appreciate Richard’s honesty, though. I suspect he’s expressing something many (perhaps most?) men feel, which enables us to get it out in the open and talk about it. Men should be expected to cope with the female body as nature made it, since women are expected to cope with the male. And since it only makes sense, really.
On a side note, I wonder how lesbians and bi-sexual women feel about body hair on women? If they echo Richard’s revulsion, I wonder if they think that’s a true, natural preference of their own or something they’ve inherited from society?