So, I suppose at this stage everyone has seen the Emer O’Toole story (girl with arms in the air above) splashed all over the English media? Well if not please have a look at her appearance on UK daytime tv here. Emer stopped shaving 18 months ago in order to challenge the public view that “women need to shave to feel happy and to conform”. Right so.
I applaud her self confidence but nonetheless I think her pits look hideous. My eyes are immediately drawn to the out of control bushes under her arms and I reckon even the bushes themselves are mortified. I shave not because society wants me to or because models in magazines or film stars do it; I shave because it makes me feel clean and soft and just plain nicer! When I have hairy pits they make me feel uncomfortable. When I have a hairy lady garden I feel sweaty, smelly AND uncomfortable. Sometimes in winter I might go a bit longer without shaving the oul legs but it is always a relief once I get to de-fuzz. Like it or not Emer many women do draw some of their confidence from their looks and I really don’t see what the problem is with that?! (I also note Emer is wearing a face-full of makeup, go figure)
The fact of the matter is that we all have the choice whether to shave or not; Emer seems to think most of us do it because society expects it of us. We are not cave women for god sake and if we were cave women and had nothing but a cave and a fire to keep us warm then Id be the first to let every little hair on my body grow to its hairy little hearts content. But we’re not. Someone send this girl a packet of Veet quick stat.
*pics thanks to: http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com/ and odditycentral.com