Ditching the Razor...

I don't shave my legs. I haven't done so for at least six months. In that time, I've walked down the street wearing shorts, worn a bikini to the beach, had a full body massage at a spa, and been intimate with my boyfriend - all with furry legs! Today I thought I'd share my reasons for ditching the razor, in the hope that I can show you that choosing not to shave is a totally viable option.

Your Dad, boyfriend, and the weird old men who think it's fine to stroll down the street topless when it's barely 17 degrees outside have no problem with their body hair. Enormous fluffy chests, legs resembling a forest, even massive nose hairs are simply the accepted norm. So why should we, as women, feel the need to shave, wax, and epilate the tiniest bit of hair away? Body hair is perfectly natural on both sexes. I don't believe that a bit of fuzz is anything to be ashamed of.

2) Nobody notices... Or cares!
Not gonna lie, when I first went a few weeks without shaving my legs, I was nervous. What would my boyfriend say? When it got to the third week of not shaving, I ventured the question "Do you notice anything different?" There was a long pause. And after a while he responded: "Um... have you got a new haircut?" When I pointed out my new downy pins, he said that he hadn't even noticed, and frankly, that he didn't give a damn. If the person who touches my legs the most didn't even notice that I was a bit prickly, I saw absolutely no reason to go back to shaving them!

3) Razors are expensive
If you want some decent razors that don't make you look like you've gone through one of those giant ham slicers at the supermarket once you've finished, you're going to have to PAY. Since I've stopped shaving my legs, a pack of disposable razors lasts me about four times as long, leaving me with some spare cash to spend on much nicer things! Now I don't know about you, but I'd much rather buy a massive bar of chocolate every week than a pack of razors. Choosing not to shave is a win-win situation!

4) "Feminist" razor adverts are a load of crap
Femvertising is everywhere. Ads for everything from shampoo and beauty products to sanitary towels now feature empowering messages. However, many of the companies that use this "feminist advertising" are peddling the products that encourage women to believe that silky smooth legs are the only option! Feminist advertising for razors is really saying "Be empowered! Embrace your true self! You're fantastic! ... But only if you buy these razors and have super silky supermodel legs." Sorry Venus, despite your best intentions, that's just not a message I can get on board with.

5) I am lazy.
Enough said. 

The aim of this post is not to get you to throw away every razor in your house this second and immediately embrace the hairy life. What I'm trying to do is to show you that there are OPTIONS. You can shave your legs every single day if that's what makes you feel comfortable and happy. That's YOUR CHOICE. I'm just trying to make you aware that choosing not to shave is perfectly acceptable! If you don't fancy shaving - you don't have to, and you shouldn't feel pressured into it!

Let me know your thoughts on this post in the comments below, I'd love to start a discussion.

Until next time,

A x