Expanding a little on my "Color Block, Pop, Shock" post, and this idea of being more open-minded when it comes to my own physical appearance, I opted not to shave my armpits last week. I will be the first one to admit my prior, judgmental stance on women not shaving under their arms--- thinking it's not a very feminine, hygienic or attractive look. Mostly, I'll say I just didn't "get it." Not that there is anything to even really get. Some women wanna shave, some women don't. Boom, simple as that. Maybe...
Whenever I see a woman with hairy armpits, I stop and stare. I feel like the more I see it, the more I'm intrigued by it. Society's opinion and the masculine association with not shaving is dominant (at least 'round these parts). I've gradually come around to appreciating those who choose to ignore this gender expectation, and own the look. So last week I didn't shave because I wanted to see if it was a look I liked on myself. I kept it rolling a second week to spite Gerry, who most certainly does not "get it." I feel like these pictures don't quite capture how long my armpit hair is, but I just wanted to take some quick photo booth shots, so it'll do.
I realize to some people this whole topic is silly and just one big "so what, who cares, no big deal," but I think there are many variables to consider when embracing the natural. It's interesting how many times this week Ger and I talked about it. He's been quite vocal about disliking it. He's always going to encourage and support me to do whatever I want to do, but this has been something he has not shied away from dismissing. My reaction is two-fold of wanting to antagonize him to prove that I do what I want and he should embrace it (which he usually does), but also not wanting him to find me unattractive in a way I can easily prevent. In the end, I know that I liked the way it felt and looked after a week, but week two I've been ready to shave (I will tomorrow). I sweat way more when it's long, and I don't feel as fresh. I also have to admit, when I look under my arm, I don't feel like hairy armpit equals pretty. Just being honest. I did like the more rebellious nature of the look though, and I'm definitely going to grow it out for a week this summer, and wear it with my new sleeveless, floral mini-dress I ordered from Forever 21+ (no longer available to show you). I really appreciate the masculine/feminine contrast. For the most part though, this is a look I'll leave to others.
What do you think about shaving under your arms? No big deal? Act of rebellion? Sexy? Not attractive? Do you ever or regularly not shave? Is it a political or fashionable decision?
So many questions, but I really am curious what you think about the topic.