Here are some fun facts about winter: It’s cold, the heater is constantly on and I’m one hairy lady.
Honestly, I’m not all that jazzed about shaving to begin with, especially my legs. I’m tall. I have long legs. Bending over in a shower with hot water beating on my back as I try to shave as quickly and efficiently as possible isn’t very enjoyable. But like so many other women, I still succumb to societal pressures of having hairless legs as soon as the sun comes out and the blazing heat forces me into shorts (without tights).
But when it’s cold out and I’m bundled up 90 percent of the time? Uh, forget it.
I don’t know how much warmth I’m generating with my thin layer of leg hair and the–honestly, not too pleasant–collection of hair under my armpits. I’m going to venture a guess and say not much. But I cannot be bothered to get rid of it right now.
Who’s going to see my legs in this never ending winter anyway? I barely see my legs these days. My armpit hair isn’t going to startle anyone if it’s hidden away under my massive coat. So why should I spend money on overpriced razors when that money could go to buying food or thrift shopping? Seriously, the thrifted sweater I’m wearing at this very moment cost less than a crappy pack of disposable razors.
It’s also a lot cooler than a pack of razors. And by cooler I mean really weird because it’s about RVing and has novelty farm animals all over it, but that’s what you get at a thrift shop.
Anyway, my point is that I haven’t shaved in months and it’s mostly out of laziness. There’s nothing revolutionary or inherently feminist about this gesture, but the fact that some people might look at my legs or armpits and cringe a bit speaks volumes. Do I really care at the moment? Nah. I happily walked around my apartment with my hairy legs flying free when my roommate brought a guy around. If he noticed them he either didn’t give a damn or managed to stop himself from vomiting over such an extreme lack of feminine upkeep–what a champ.
So here’s what I want to know, Gurl readers: Do you shave during colder months? If so, why? If not, I’m nosy and I still want to know why.
Do you shave because of personal comfort or fear of embarrassment? Or is it a little of both? What parts of your body do you shave less often? Tell us in the comments!