I've read so many posts here and on other sites about how awesome and liberating it is to ditch the razor and let your body hair grow out. I want to do that, too! But I have no idea how to stop. fucking. shaving.
I (and I'm assuming quite a lot of other women) started shaving around the 6th or 7th grade. Not because I WANTED to shave, but because we had to wear shorts in gym class and suddenly there was an intense pressure to have smooth legs or else be mocked. I guess I'm fortunate that I don't have much body hair, and what I do have is light and sparse, so shaving has never been an ordeal for me and I never questioned why I did it because it was so normalized as routine female "hygiene."
Over the past few months I've been trying to stop shaving. But after a few weeks I end up caving and shave my legs and underarms. I can't lie: I do really like the feeling of having smooth skin. But I've been starting to question why I like it and maybe I'm still dealing with some internalized misogyny about how women "should" be hairless? Maybe I'm just overthinking it?
So, to all the cool women who have ditched their razors, I have a few questions:
Did you feel like there was an "adjustment period" for getting used to it? Did you just stop and never go back? And now with summer around the corner in the northern hemisphere, how do you feel when you're out in public with bare (but still hairy) legs? (Obvs I don't care about how other women choose to keep their body hair, but I've noticed that women with visible body hair do tend to attract critical looks from strangers).
Sorry for the dumb questions. Peaking and taking the radfem pill has made me reconsider a lot about my life choices.
Edited to add: I'm/from in the United States because it seems relevant.