Skip navigation! As a hairy, chubby, year-old girl, there was one thing I knew about desire: that what distinguishes teenage girls from teenage boys is body hair, and this distinction — one with, one without — was part of what made you desirable. I knew this well. More than once, I refused point-blank to take off my long-sleeved jumper and instead slowly boiled myself in the dry, disgusting sun of a summer afternoon after school.
Examining the hedonistic and masochistic ritual that is the bikini wax
Let's Not Beat Around The Bush
A few bikini waxes ago, I pulled off my pants and underwear, loosely folded them into a pile atop my shoes, hoisted myself onto the waxing table, and briskly flopped my legs into a diamond, my feet touching sole to sole. While waiting for the esthetician to return with a cylinder of green wax and conduct my regular procedure — a "women's deep bikini with top," which clears the underwear lines and keeps some bush around the labia — I had a montage of thoughts. First, I am a feminist; I claim to do this for myself, not my long-term male partner, or anyone before him, or any societal expectation. Second, the only times I ever got Brazilian waxes, removing almost all pubic hair, were during the year and a half in college when I was deliberately celibate and only my hands, my vibrator, and my full-length mirror saw my crotch. Third, I am a survivor of rape.
Why I Stopped Shaving My Body Hair When I Realized I Was Gay
Metrics details. Research indicates that young women are being exposed to increasing pressures to remove pubic hair from their bodies, which has the potential for both negative physical and psychological consequences. Based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, it was hypothesised that 1 attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control would predict intention to remove pubic hair; 2 additional variables prototype similarity and favourability from the Prototype Willingness Model would significantly predict intention to remove pubic hair; 3 feminist values would significantly predict decreased intention to remove pubic hair; and 4 intention and perceived behavioural control would predict future self-reported removal of pubic hair.
I saw women who shaved their legs and armpits as traitors and spent more time on fighting for the right to wear our self-grown furs than for example on questioning my own privileges and whiteness. Another important aspect of female fur was that it represented my lesbian identity. Women who shaved only did it for heterosexual, patriarchal reasons, and if I fancied a chick and then saw her shiny legs, our affair was over before it had even begun. So what has changed in the evolution of Denice?