Body Hair - personal preference?

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  • But how much of that association is a social thing?


    OK, well forgetting about the male face for a minute, why is shaving under the arms considered acceptable for women, but shaving the minge is associated with looking "pre-pubescent"? Nobody accuses a woman who shaves her arms or legs as trying to look like a child.


    I honestly have no idea - it probably is social convention. In my head I still have that 'pre-pubescent' association for underarm and legs, it's just not so strong. Probably due to what I've seen growing up, what you're used to - you don't tend to see many shaved pubic regions unless you peruse porn mags. And even when I have watched porn/'read' porn I more bemused more than anything else.


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    Personally I'm not fussed about pubes either way really, but hairy underarms are a bit of a turn off.


    I had an ex who would shave everything below her neck, but often leave the few strands on her chin untouched. Not that there were that many, but I still found it a bit offputting, and one of those subjects I was too scared to approach her about ... a bit like approaching someone with BO, in case they hadn't noticed or something. :S


    lol :D

  • I know a few women who like men with beards, don't think I know any gay men who are obsessed with beards or anyone massively keen on women with facial hair. Personally I don't think just hair would put me off someone, I think it is a cultural thing, where we begin to assume that some things are for girls and some thigns are for boys type of thing, for most people.

  • But for how long??? Seems like a lot of us used to shave vast areas of our bodies, but now can't be bothered and like the natural way of things.


    Its up to her, she doesn't like body hair and has shaved for a long time, if she changes her mind, well fair enough, I'll just have to get over it, lol.

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  • I LOVE beards, think I'd struggle to date a beardless man! I actually run my own personal survey on beards, giving them marks out of ten based on thickness, length, authenticity/originality of style and how much it suits the person! Am I sad :s!

  • I LOVE beards, think I'd struggle to date a beardless man! I actually run my own personal survey on beards, giving them marks out of ten based on thickness, length, authenticity/originality of style and how much it suits the person! Am I sad
    :s!


    Beardy men look more intelligent and sensitive than men without beards, it's a fact!!!

  • I`d love a beard, but it`s not worth the grief I get for growing one. Bit unfair really.


    Oh and as an aside, I`ve shaved my heed for years but am now growing it in ! yay!! baldy patches and all !:insane:

  • Hmmm had not thought of that one:), I will be adding that to my list, I saw a big long bearded man today and altho I gave him a ten, I realised I prefer shorter beards:)

  • I like hair all round - on men and women. Most people find it horrifying that I like pit hair on ladies too. But I think it takes a lot of courage for a woman to do that, so it *really* appeals to me.


    As for beards. Yes! I love facial hair on my men, don't mind a bit of a zz top style beard either. :D

  • I like hair all round - on men and women. Most people find it horrifying that I like pit hair on ladies too. But I think it takes a lot of courage for a woman to do that, so it *really* appeals to me.


    As for beards. Yes! I love facial hair on my men, don't mind a bit of a zz top style beard either. :D


    Though I didn't see the programme myself (working + not really sort of thing I watch- honest!:)) on This Morning (ITV) last week (possibly Thursday) there was an articulate intelligent young woman- Emer O'Toole featured alongside an orange coloured salon owner (who's voice really grated on me). Emer had appeared in a Guardian interview + you can find photos/interview online where she proudly sported her ample hairy pits + also some leg hair above her socks. She comes from Dublin but now lives in London + decided to quit hair removal some 18 months ago + has come to love her fuzz (though occasionally feels slightly insecure with it) but generally very confident with her natural body.. Her boyfriend had also come to embrace it.


    Certainly interesting to contrast the two women + for me Emer was the more beautiful + her confidence is awsome.

  • I am perfectly happy for women to shave or not shave, anyway they want. I don't find hairy armpits or legs a turnoff. A cousin of mine couldn't get her fella to say whether he preferred her shaven or not - so for nearly a year she shaved one half only - one armpit, one leg, half her furry top lip, half her pubes. Instead of then telling her which half he preferred, he left! I dunno what that tells us.

  • I am perfectly happy for women to shave or not shave, anyway they want. I don't find hairy armpits or legs a turnoff. A cousin of mine couldn't get her fella to say whether he preferred her shaven or not - so for nearly a year she shaved one half only - one armpit, one leg, half her furry top lip, half her pubes. Instead of then telling her which half he preferred, he left! I dunno what that tells us.


    That's certainly a strange story! Was she fairly young when she did this? And did she go out bare-legged- one hairy + one shaved? Must have got some confused looks from strangers if she did- would have been priceless to see!:rolleyes:

  • I do shave my pits but I did stop for a a good year and I've never felt more confident. It was like I was just embracing *everything* that I am and actually feeling good about accepting every bit of me. It was *very* daunting in the summer wearing small tops and I did start shaving again. This tumblr website really opened my eyes to the beauty though - and made it something of 'interest' for me to actually quite beautiful.


    Gunna stop now, or else it's going to start sounding like some kind of fetish. :flirt:

  • I think I said this earlier on in this thread, but it's quite ironic how many people go for what they consider "natural" look while still happy to entertain tattoos, piercings and other unnatural adornments.


    Perhaps a little ironic yet not contradictory. People can pick + mix as they feel fit. Enjoy their body hair or selectively removing some yet enjoying other adornments as they see fit. Diversity in other words.

  • Perhaps a little ironic yet not contradictory. People can pick + mix as they feel fit. Enjoy their body hair or selectively removing some yet enjoying other adornments as they see fit. Diversity in other words.

    Of course they can, people can do what the fuck they like to their bodies ... but to say "it's more natural" in a way that's construed as an almost political statement is somewhat hypocritical.

  • I do shave my pits but I did stop for a a good year and I've never felt more confident. It was like I was just embracing *everything* that I am and actually feeling good about accepting every bit of me. It was *very* daunting in the summer wearing small tops and I did start shaving again. This tumblr website really opened my eyes to the beauty though - and made it something of 'interest' for me to actually quite beautiful.


    Gunna stop now, or else it's going to start sounding like some kind of fetish. :flirt:


    Have seen that tumblr site- it's pretty cool + helps give confidence to other young (+ maybe not so young) women who feel like defying cultural "norms" + a great celebration of pit variety.:thumbup:

  • Of course they can, people can do what the fuck they like to their bodies ... but to say "it's more natural" in a way that's construed as an almost political statement is somewhat hypocritical.


    I think a lot of the time things can be worded poorly though. I say I 'prefer natural' but that doesn't mean I don't have piercing and I don't occasionally wear make-up, or sometimes trim hair. It just means given the choice of no make-up, trimming/or as little as possible is always going to win for me over ten layers of foundation, false lashes and 'perfect complexion'.


    You can have a piercing without it completely changing the rest of your appearence, right? And anybody arty can understand how drastically colours and tones can affect how you look.

  • gomphus - she was in her mid-30s at the time - and yes, she did go out with her assymetric looks, which she echoed in assymetric clothing and makeup which kinda made it look all part of. She even took the username A.C. Metrick for a while :flirt:

  • Having worked in a job where I regularly saw lots of women's "flowers" there was a running joke that there isn't a single pubic hair left in the midlands!
    Personally I find it a bit disturbing, child like, lots of nasty rashes, but can't say I've never taken it all off!
    I did once have a friend who tried a new salon and complained about the therapist coz she refused to wax the hair on the inside!! ouch!!!!

  • gomphus - she was in her mid-30s at the time - and yes, she did go out with her assymetric looks, which she echoed in assymetric clothing and makeup which kinda made it look all part of. She even took the username A.C. Metrick for a while :flirt:


    Fascinating- sounds like a true eccentric- not enough of those around these days. She must have caused a lot of astonishment!


    Just remembered I did see a photo on tumblr I think where a young woman displayed her shapely legs- one was clean-shaven + the other with a lot of dark hair on it in an attractive pattern. There was something quite compelling seeing this contrast- a little odd but not unattractive. Not sure whether she was going round like this or was going to shave the other leg later.