A few months ago, I watched a video of these women talking about their body hair and body positivity. I then watched other videos and more blogs about women embracing their body hair and choosing not to shave.

I was grossed out at first. I mean…hairy ass legs and armpits. Not trimming your lady bits! At the time I watched those vids I said I would never stop shaving or trimming. I was obsessed about my body hair and making sure it was taken care of.

I have been shaving my legs and pits since I was 13-14. I didn’t start trimming my pubic hair until I was 16. All four years of college I shaved all my pubes off. At one point I was shaving my legs every day, mainly during the spring and summer months. I hated the feel of unshaved legs and pits.

In the last two years I have been more lax about shaving. It’s easier in the winter because I wear nothing but pants. In the summer I was a bit crazy about making sure my legs looked hairless and pretty. But my obsession came at a cost. Razor burn, in-grown hairs, rashes. I changed razors, shaving creams, and lotions to prevent burn and razor bumps. But I fucked up my legs with my crazy habits.

We live in a world which parades these images of what “true beauty” looks like. Society bombards us with ads for razors, home waxing kits, shaving creams, etc. It wants us to be these smooth, hairless dolls to live up to a crazy image they created. There is a stigma regarding female body hair, and these women are breaking it.

I was inspired to do the same. My skin is so sensitive due to years of obsessive shaving and I can’t do it anymore. I had a talk with my wife about this as well. She made the same decision. She explained that she was fed up with the skin irritation shaving caused and stopped shaving for a few days to let her skin breathe. She commented about how at first the new growth was disgusting and she wanted to shave, but also wanted to see it grow more. She hasn’t shaved in a month now, though she still fights the urge to shave because the growth is somewhat gross, she is not going to give in.

I haven’t shaved my legs or arm pits in two weeks. I was so grossed out the first few days. The itchy stubble was nasty. I wanted to shave so bad, but I resisted. After that first week I noticed how soft my leg hair was and found myself constantly petting my legs. I know I sound ridiculous, but it’s so fucking soft! Seriously, I’m fascinated by it. My underarms are the same way. I have also noticed that I don’t sweat as much under my arms and I don’t smell as bad.

Normally, I would be having a panic attack about going out in public with furry legs, but I don’t give one fuck. If people stare or make rude comments, it doesn’t bother me. I am doing something that makes me feel good and is good for my body.

I still trim my pubic hair, but I don’t shave it bald or shave it at all. Not only do I not have the time to dedicate to such a daunting task, but my skin can’t handle that level of shaving anymore.

Do I worry about what my future partner(s) will say? Not at all. If they don’t like it, that’s their problem. I am not going to change for anyone. If they want a shaved pussy, they can watch porn.

I would love to hear from other women who are embracing their bodies. Have you received any comments from people or partners? What were your reasons for not shaving? What were some of your initial thoughts during the new growth stages?

Embrace your bodies ladies, you are all beautiful!

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2 thoughts on “Embracing those hairy ass legs

  1. I can relate to your post here. As a woman, it should be our choice as to whether or not we want to shave our bodies. Sadly, most women are driven by what society wants for them. The reason I don’t shave my legs as much, is due to the health conditions I have with my back and neck. I no longer have the mobility to bend forward to do such things as shaving. So I tend to shave every 2 weeks or so, and the way I am able to do it still hurts my back. 😦 But I also started doing this with my arm pits, too. At first it all felt weird, because it’s stubly. Then it gets VERY stubly! But after a few days, it’s really true that the hair gets softer! I did the same thing with my legs while watching TV, just feeling what it feels like to have that hair growing in like it was. Then I noticed, when you DO shave, the hair grows in a LOT slower! So there’s really no reason to even shave every day or every other day anymore. In summer I shave more like every week; but when in fall/winter, I’ve gone almost 3 weeks. After that, the hair starts to stab my legs when I wear my yoga pants, lol, so that is when I decide to shave. But it’s my choice as to when I want to do it and how often. And you know what? I find it to be very freeing and empowering!

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    1. It is very empowering! I shaved for the first time in a month this past Sunday and I’m noticing now how slow the hair is growing back. I can’t believe it! The stuble is bothering me to no end though. I’ve also noticed it isn’t itchy like when I was shaving more frequently. It is always our choice and society can get with it or buzz off!

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