History of removal of leg and underarm hair in the United States
I Want to Stop Shaving My Armpits… but I Can't
I sipped lemonade from cardboard cartons. An eighth-grader with a belly button ring cornrowed my hair. The place was bliss. I liked Beanie Babies and the color periwinkle. My favorite movie was Legally Blonde.
Social scientists will try to measure anything, it seems, and in the most recent issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly , a professor at Arizona State has published a paper that attempts to quantify the disgust women feel with regard to body hair — their own, and that of other women. The scholar, named Breanne Fahs, conducted two experiments. Respondents said that shaving was a minor inconvenience and a personal choice, but that overall the idea of body hair was revolting.
At the outset of the United States, leg and underarm hair removal was not a common practice for women. One cultural change was the definition of femininity. In the Victorian era, it was based on moral character.