Recently, it was urge that women quit shaving their bodies in order to admire and accept their body’s natural state and tendencies.
However, everyone under the sun understands that this is simply another way for the #metoo movement to express their newly perceived power of women. The irony is that they have always been free to remain unshaven – as men have. The fact is that both sexes make themselves more appealing by removing unsightly hair.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t that long ago when hardly any men ever shaved their body hair. But many young men of today are shaving their body hair because that is the style and fashion of today’s youth.
Januhairy: New Campaign Urging Women to Stop Shaving Goes Viral
This January, a new social media campaign is encouraging women to grow out their body hair. In addition to urging women to love and accept their natural body, the campaign, cleverly called Januhairy, is raising money for a good cause. Unfortunately for women, many of our personal choices are judged by men and women alike, especially when those choices have something to do with how we look. Women are flooded with a constant barrage of outside input, from advertising and media to actual humans in our lives, both strangers and friends. Januhairy: New Campaign Urging Women to Stop Shaving Goes Viral
When Did Women Begin Shaving Their Legs and Armpits?
In the United States beginning in the year 1915, ladies began shaving. It is better remembered as the time between World War I and World War II. Prior to the twentieth century, women just removed the visible hair from their neck and face. In other words, they removed only the visible hair that was not covered by their clothing. The interesting part of this is that they didn’t use razors; they typically used depilatory creams to remove this hair.
Prior to the invention of the T-shaped razors during year 1903, shaving was done with what they called “cut-throat” razors. And the majority of shaving that men were provided was done openly in public places. And a significant of skill was needed to shave with these straight razors. And even when the very first T-shaped razors came to the market, it took a few years for them to catch on because of the stigma attached to straight razor shaving along with masculinity.
So it wasn’t until self-shaving began taking place within private spaces that women began shaving themselves. Just like men, they found these new razors to be a cheap and painless method of hair removal.
When Did Women Start Shaving? The History of Female Hair Removal
The advent of private bathrooms and indoor plumbing in U.S. cities also set the groundwork for self-shaving. In 1880, five out of six Americans washed themselves using a bowl and a pitcher. In the 1930s, nearly all apartments in New York City had private baths or showers. This went hand-in-hand with changing attitudes towards hygiene. People began to bathe daily as a way to prevent and protect the population from contagious disease. With indoor plumbing, the backbreaking work of supplying the house with water was gone. When Did Women Start Shaving? The History of Female Hair Removal | Owlcation