Hairy Legs Cause Tragedy!

It’s been over 10 years since I first stopped shaving, with the times between shaves gradually growing until it was almost permanent. I still shaved once or twice a year for parties and burns where I was likely to be naked around people or wearing short skirts. It’s been about a year now since I gave that up, too. I really just do not ever shave now. This means I’m pretty much over shaving pressure. I’m not concerned with anyone’s reactions to my hairy legs. That means things like this advertisement (via) don’t have any pressure or condemnation, they’re simply downright funny to me  (click here if you can’t see embedded video):

Apparently, even if your legs look pretty smooth, if you’re not completely shaved, you’re a walking tragedy waiting to happen! Chaos! People falling all over! Choking! Bus crash!

Obviously, it’s meant to be humorous, but really, that’s not so far from the message that’s actually received by women. The idea is that if you don’t shave your legs, your boyfriend will recoil and furthermore, everyone around you will know that you’re a horrible, horrible person. Not because they choked on an apple, but because they’ll see your awful hairy legs and know the horrible truth about you.

Eh, fuck that. I get that not everyone can throw off that message, but I’m really glad I did. It transforms ads like this from propaganda to the humorous escapades of people from another world. Laughing at it feels almost as good as having left shaving far behind.

Comments

  1. I do shave my legs. Sporadically. Because I’m blond, you can’t really see my leg hair. And so I suppose I could be the woman in that ad – looking good, not feeling good. Although, actually, when you haven’t shaved in 6 weeks you’re not exactly bristly.

    Anyways, even though I still do like having smooth legs occasionally, I have to say that ad is pretty freaking ridiculous. And also? Maybe the real problem is that Dude decided to get all handsy on the BUS. Even when she was clearly trying to dissuade him. Her reasons actually don’t matter here – keep your hands off her legs if she doesn’t want you to touch them!

  2. That ad is so offensive, I don’t even know what to say. Shit like that perpetuates the problem of society judging us

    I haven’t shaved nor owned a razor in 19+ years. I will admit that when I was about 26 (12 years ago) I shaved my pits to surprise my then BF who was nonplussed and didn’t understand why I’d done it. LOL! I remember it pinched when it grew out. Now that it’s long and soft, I don’t even notice it, just like I hadn’t noticed it the previous seven years before I had that lapse of judgment. I have had hair on my body my entire adult life, as adults are SUPPOSED TO by nature. Adults have hair. It’s a sign of physical maturation.

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