To shave or not to shave?
This discussion on “This Morning” really caught my eye. 28-year-old research student Emer O’Toole decided to embrace her “Hairy-ness” (eeek! ) . She conducted an 18-month experiment and grew her body hair after she had been shaving her legs from the age of 14. Salons in Dublin had been offering waxing treatments for 11-12 year olds in the theory that it will prevent more hair growth in later life.
Personally I think it’s good that she was brave enough to do this. At first she was nervous about the experiment but now she seems incredibly laid back.
I respect her for being different and has a great deal of self-confidence. Salon owner Michelle Devine pointed this out (who was also being interviewed at the same time) but stated : “ Your self-confidence to be able to pull this off is amazing ! I know for a fact I haven’t got it in me to be able to have people staring and laughing, I’d just, my confidence would be shattered so you being able to do that is amazing!” However she wasn’t impressed by O’Toole’s body hair!!
Women’s reactions were more negative than men’s. When Michelle Devine told her 6-year-old that she was going on TV to talk about a woman who doesn’t shave her reaction was “Mummy does she want to be a boy?”
I think there is a great deal of pressure; we are conditioned to believe that we have to do this. Children at school are incredibly bitchy, for example I remember once that in PE in year 7 I had forgotten to shave my legs the night before and another girl kindly decided to point that out to THE WHOLE CHANGING ROOM!! I was SO embarrassed!! After that I did make sure that I shaved my legs before the lesson, but to be fair the hairs on my legs used to be quite light anyway !!
Emer did make a good point. Confidence shouldn’t come from looks, it comes from within and I feel sorry for people who feel that they have to wear a TONNE of makeup to feel confident. Don’t get me wrong, makeup is fantastic and I always wear it on nights out/on special occasions but most days I go without. Personally (not being big-headed) I look okay without it !!
However, no matter what…..I WILL ALWAYS SHAVE !!!!!