Thursday, May 22, 2014

Should You Shave Your Legs?

Why do you shave your legs? I've asked people that and none of them have been able to give me a clear-cut, legitimate answer as to why they do. Because their mom did. Because they're suppose to. Because it's gross not to. No one (at least that I've talked to) seems to have a real reason to shave their legs. From about mid-October to early-May I don't shave my legs on a regular basis. I can probably count the number of times I've shaved both my legs entirely since the beginining of Fall on one hand. I don't have anything against shaving, but it's time consuming, it can be dangerous, and I really don't care if people see my hairy legs. I'm not afraid of being judged for having mammoth legs because I know my decision to not shave them is just that -- my decision. We seem to think that if we don't shave our legs people will think we are dirty and unfeminine, but in reality throughout the Fall and Winter barely anyone noticed I didn't shave my legs even on the multiple occasions I wore above the knee clothing.

So why do we put ourselves through tri-weekly shave sessions when we have no real reason to? I will admit the feeling of freshly shaved legs is glorious, but is that and should that be the only reason you shave your legs? You chose to wear each garment you put on because it displays who you are and tells your story without you having to say a word and you don't care what anyone thinks or says about it because it's your outfit and your story. So shouldn't you feel the same way about your body. What you do and don't do to it should be a reflection of you are and your decisions, not those of the people around you, your parents, or society. If you feel obligated to shave your legs every other day don't do it! You don't have to do things just because other people have made it seem like there is no other option. If you can rock that rainbow striped floral jumpsuit you definitely can hair legs! If nothing else, say you're embracing the European way of life