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.