Confession: Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Own a Razor

Our contributor Abby Spector, who is majoring in Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, confesses her love for body hair:

I am not going to judge silky-smooth-shaved ladies. But here are ten reasons I do NOT own a razor And yes, this means legs, vag, and — gasp — armpit hair.

  1. Why should I? I don’t like razor burn or the spiky feeling of leg hairs emerging from dry skin.
  2. In many ways, I look like the “typical” American girl. I am an average size, have blonde hair, blue eyes, and a smile when I’m nervous. There are few ways I can subtly show my rebellious side. I have discovered that a flash of armpit hair does the trick.
  3. I’ll pass on disrupting the natural course of my body, thank you very much.
  4. My sister and mom, two of the most beautiful people I know, do not shave. Actually, I didn’t know it was a custom until I got to middle school and my friend insisted that we (she) shave my peach fuzz legs.
  5. I’m LAZY!
  6. The first guy I slept with told me I had to shave or else he wouldn’t go down on me. I hate him. My bushy bush is my way of laughing in his face.
  7. My current boyfriend doesn’t mind. Why should he? He isn’t exactly bare down there, either.
  8. Sharp objects always seem to cut me. Thus, placing one near my vag could lead to a very unfortunate injury. I want to keep my clit intact.
  9. I am bisexual. The armpit hair works like a calling card to the lesbian community.
  10. Everyone loves Northern Europeans. Historically, this hot community doesn’t shave. I want to be as Swedish as possible.

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female swedes are shaving now, men also need to shave


Yes, Northern Europeans do shave. It’s a question of taste, not of your nationality!


Disrupting the natural course of your body? So I take it you’ve never cut the hair on your head then?


There is nothing sexy about a bare but insecure person. If you’re comfortable with yourself, you’re automatically attractive, sexually or otherwise. Male or female, if you like your own boosh others will too. I think a lot of women (and men) shave because they think they ‘have to’. I agree with the above, as long as you groom according to your own ‘standards’, you’re alright. Once you try to be some bare cunt you’re not, you’ve lost.


^ and vice-versa, of course. Most guys are comfortable trimming themselves and most women are comfortable with that too.


^ Insistence from one side + refusal from the other = controversy.

I suspect that as with most controversies, though, the majority of people are actually pretty moderate. It’s just that extremists make the most noise. You mostly hear from the “SHAVE IT!” camp, and the, “I’ll never shave a single hair – TAKE THAT, PATRIARCHY!” camp.

But in reality most women are comfortable at least trimming, and most guys are content with that. Thank god for moderates.


I could add, that just tonight my girlfriend refused to let me see her naked because she wasn’t shaved down their, despite having responded with a similar indignant comment as I made above