Don’t Call Me Chewbacca
written by Tempest Rose

I think I’ve made a decision.

I think I’m no longer going to shave my legs.

I mean, I barely do it in the winter. And even though it’s summer I haven’t for about a month. But I also haven’t worn shorts so no one is aware that I don’t shave. Which makes me wonder why I shave in the first place.

This whole not shaving thing has been a big hit lately. You have the women who speak out about how they are proud of their hairy legs, and then on the other side people who speak out against hairy-legged women.

But why do you even care?

And, more importantly, why do we do it?

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According to Today I Found Out, women back in the old days, and I mean 4,000 B.C. old, used to remove their body hair (sometimes all hair), but why? Well, to prevent disease and lice and such, of course. Which makes total sense what with the not showering often and all.

Then the timeline fades away until 1915, so I’m assuming there was a time between 4,000 B.C. and 1915 when women didn’t really care about shaving. Sometimes I wish I could go back to those times. But, 1915 is when it changed. It became acceptable for women to show their underarms.

So of course, companies took control and started calling underarm hair “objectionable”.

 

There were several marketing strategies employed to lure women into jumping on the shaving bandwagon, most of which appealed to the timeless desire to be trendy.

 

As for shaving legs, supposedly that didn’t catch on until the 1940s, in the height of World War II, all thanks to a pin-up picture of Betty Grable.

 

chewbacca

 

Really, you could say that shaving your legs or armpits is all about trend. Kind of like bell-bottoms. What ever happened to those?

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I’m not really interested in being trendy. Nor am I interested in spending unnecessary money on hers razors and shaving cream, or unnecessary time on gliding said shaving cream and razor across my skin.

Yes, smooth legs feel good. But, honestly, so does smooth body hair.

Yet for some reason I still feel a remarkable amount of pressure to shave my legs. Every time I take a shower, they scream at me. Every time I think about wearing shorts, they remind me. Every time I show them in public, they laugh at me.

My own legs. They shouldn’t be out to get me — we should work as a team, just like we do to walk.

So why do I feel this enormous pressure to fit in? Because of you.

I know it shouldn’t matter if I fit in. I preach this louder than anyone I know. But there are still things it’s nearly impossible to not notice. I guess leg hair is one of them.

You give me weird looks, and make comments. You shave your legs and expect me to do the same. You are grossed out by my appearance, not me.

I don’t want to be in your club anymore. I want to live my life without the worry of extra money or extra time or extra hurtful glances.

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Maybe shaving just isn’t for me. Absolutely it’s my body and I should be able to do with it what I like. How about you let me?

 


 

Who is Tempest Rose and what is her story?

 

Tempest Rose has a story to tell, knowledge to share, and opinions to be voiced. She feels like she doesn’t belong and she wants to make a difference. She is dedicated to spreading truth, awakening minds, and changing the world. She recently started her journey in mental health treatment and also writes about an array of topics such as gender, addiction, abortion, and pretty much anything that’s controversial. She can be funny, too . . . sometimes. To read more of her work, visit her personal blog, Nonsense & Shenanigans. She also is a contributor for Thoughtful Minds United and Stigmama.”

A big thank you to Tempest Rose at Nonsense & Shenanigans for her wonderful and thought-provoking guest post. I have much respect for this woman. There’s no beating-around-the-bush with this lady, she just tells it as it – no cover ups, no sugar-coating… just honesty and truth. If you get the chance, please check out her website and show your support.

 

Ladies, what are your thoughts on leg shaving?

Would you walk around like Chewbacca, or do you like the silky smooth look all year round?

And…

Gentlemen, what are your thoughts?

Would it freak you out to find a lady sporting hairy legs? or do you find this a turn on? …or do you even care?

 

Please feel free to discuss this topic. I’ll pop the kettle on and fetch the biscuits! I expect the Tempest Rose herself will come along and respond to all of your comments.

 

Stay tuned for next month’sGuest Post of the Month’, when Kelsey from www.misswinnieandaminiskirt.com will be talking dating, men and …GARBAGE! Intrigued? I thought so…

 

If you’re interested in guest posting on my blog – Email me at: amandalyle1986@hotmail.co.uk. I would LOVE to hear from you!

 

Until next time xxx

 

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