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A question for any woman who doesn't remove her body hair.

I love my leg hair, and I love swimming:

How do you deal with public baths?

  • Do people even notice?
  • If they notice, do they care?
  • If they care, has that ever affected you?

I don't mind walking about outside looking like this, because some animal part of me thinks that at least I'm free to 'run away' from any issues; however, the enclosed space of public baths... I'm also conscious of being darker and hairier than the locals who are all pretty pale (there are literally like only 3 other foreigners in this entire town)

All other swimming I've done is in lakes and rivers, where being hairy feels completely natural and is an advantage- no razor nicks to get infected.

What are your experiences with public swimming baths?

A question for any woman who doesn't remove her body hair. I love my leg hair, and I love swimming: How do you deal with public baths? - Do people even notice? - If they notice, do they care? - If they care, has that ever affected you? I don't mind walking about outside looking like this, because some animal part of me thinks that at least I'm free to 'run away' from any issues; however, the enclosed space of public baths... I'm also conscious of being darker and hairier than the locals who are all pretty pale (there are literally like only 3 other foreigners in this entire town) All other swimming I've done is in lakes and rivers, where being hairy feels completely natural and is an advantage- no razor nicks to get infected. What are your experiences with public swimming baths?

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I find if I smile and do my best to show how free and happy I am, other women are absolutely stoked to see me rocking leg hair wherever I go. Normally I'd never advise other women to "just smile" but in this case it's a hack that changed my life. From little girls to nice little old ladies, other females seem to look at me like a superhero if I show them how free and happy a woman can be without shaving.

I go to my local baths regularly and don't shave. Sometimes people might notice, but I think in general they get on with their own business. My hair is noticeable - I'm a Mediterranean brunette so I've got plenty!

I go swimming with me family. My sisters made comments at the start but I ignored them or brushed them off. Now, they don't refer to it. Some strangers have noticed, normally the spa area I hang out in at my own pool is dim so it's not obvious. In the ice cave, it's brighter so it's more noticeable but no-one ever says anything. My biggest issue is more growth at the thigh top. I've cracked and dealt with that as don't want strangers seeing that part of my body. My swimming shirts don't hide in it. I too have noticed how insanely hairy, and gross, so many if the men are. If they feel comfortable, and they're minging, why should I feel ashamed of anything. The women make me squirm for them as they all wear such skimpy swimwear. Makes me cringe for my younger self who dressed for the male gaze than comfort...... Go for it, if you're regular at a bath, people will adjust and accept it. If not, they'll be hit with their own internalised misogyny and not want to address it. If any men say anything, give them a stone cold staring competition until they get uncomfortable and back away πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

This is so true. A stone cold stare is a great accessory. Thanks for the encouragement :)

Other tactics I've used if people stare rudely at me for whatever reason is to either smile as soon as they notice me noticing them, as they always guiltily look you in the face, or say sweetly, "Is there something you'd like to ask me!?" These tactics disarm them and shifts the responsibility for continuing the conversation on to them respectively. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I've been swimming regularly at my local club and taking swim lessons at a nearby gym since October and don't shave anything. As far as I'm aware no one's noticed, and if they have I haven't noticed that they've noticed. What I have noticed, though, is how so many men are so hairy they look like gorillas...I'm not that thrilled to be in the same water as them.

Yes! I see the men and think 'if they can be hairy then why on earth not me'. And yeah I too wish there were women-only sessions...

I should probably have also specified that I'm in my 50s and chunky, therefore completely, literally invisible (people have actually walked into me in the street, because women over 30 are literally invisible).

I don't often go to public baths/swimmingpools (I prefer the sea). But last I did I'm pretty sure no one noticed or cared one bit about my hair. Generally I don't think people stare enough to really notice and usually they're there to be left alone or to have fun with friends.

I'm rather pale, but my hair is dark, so I would guess it's visible enough. I just didn't feel anyone noticing at all.

no one says a goddamn thing. in high school, it was my swim team's running joke that we "reversed" the stereotypes of shaving - the boys went dolphin smooth and us girls all grew out our hair.

it's none of their business and honestly if someone comes up to you about it being gross, you could totally speak to the manager of the place. it's your body, not for them to comment on unless your tits and vag are out and nudity isn't allowed.

I used to go to the swimming pool 2-3 times a week and i never ever had anybody say anything to me or even give me a second look. Maybe a confused first look, like 'whoa, did i actually see that right?!' But as another commenter said, attitude is really everything. Especially when you can outswim everyone at the pool.

That being said, usually the people who would be prone to making stupid remarks, are also the ones who should be wary not to be made fun of themselves. This may sound somewhat cynical, but i have come to never be shy of derisive and snide remarks myself when dealing with men.

When i was younger and overweight, comments about that, which seemed a lot less controllable, have definitely hurt more, or to be precise, at all.

Some people notice (almost exclusively teenager boys), they never confront me about it and I really don't care what they think.

The bush is more annoying than leg hair, but a well-fitting swimming suit fixes that issue.

Also, chloride can be irritating on shaved skin, so going natural makes sense in swimming pools.

Libfem advice: if you dont want to shave but feel uncomfortable being visible hairy, try lightening.

I havent been in a bathing suit for a decade but last summer I wore shorts with unshaved dark haired lower legs and no one gave a shit.