In a recent New York Times fashion & style article titled Unshaven Women: Free Spirits or Unkempt?, the author Catherine Saint Louis points out an emerging trend in girls with hairy legs and hairy armpits. This particular trend is brought to light by none other than our own beloved celebrities.
The most recent celebrity to bring the hairy leg concept to the masses is Mo’Nique who showed up to the red carpet with a thick field of hair enveloping her two legs. Of course, we have seen other celebrities sport similar looks in the public realm, whether it be the refusal to shave their armpits, legs or in Madonna’s case, her bush.
Of course this isn’t anything new, in fact, girls didn’t start shaving their legs and armpits until around 1915.
In the West, the practice began around 1915 in the US and UK, when one or more magazines showed a woman in a dress with shaved underarms. Regular shaving became feasible with the introduction of the safety razor at the beginning of the 20th century. While underarm shaving was quickly adopted in English speaking countries, especially in the US and Canada, it did not become widespread on the Continent of Europe until well after World War II.
Living in an artsy section Boston, I myself have seen my share of short skirts and hairy legs. I was even surprised one night while hooking up on my couch, when upon removing a girls top, two small tufts of hair popped out from under her arms. Not that it mattered much, especially since her tits were staring me right in the face. Still, I’d prefer smooth if given the choice.
Now I’m not necessarily complaining here. If a chick wants to go the au natural route then that’s fine by me, but it’s not going to make me more attracted to her, probably less so. Regardless, what I’m trying to get at is something that is part of a bigger trend, the reversal of the genders.
In a recent post by Roissy, Attack of the Manjaws, he outlines the growing masculinity of our females, with one such trait being a more pronounced masculine jaw line.
On my occasional forays into the ghetto, I recurrently note just how beastly the local girls look. Huge jaws and brows that could sprout Wolverine claws when roused to anger. Maybe this is the end result of a mating market where generations of women have spread for the most violent, thuggish men in the hood. If so, is there a trickle up effect to the rest of society?
At the same time, men are becoming more feminine. With the trend of metrosexuals and more focus on male fashion, the guys are taking on more and more feminine traits. We focus more on grooming with things like hair trimming and removal, moisturizing, wearing tighter fitting clothes.
Whatever happened to the grizzly type man who all he needed was a pair Levis, a flannel shirt and a face full of stubble? Well, here’s the thing, those guys still exist and so do feminine women. I doubt that gender roles will completely reverse but I do think that a new gender paradigm will be created.
My prediction is an eventual split of the two genders in which four sub-genders will emerge, moving the human species into increasingly divergent mating patterns:
- masculine males
- feminine males
- masuline females
- feminine females
Of course this is pretty wild speculation on my part.
Anyways, what do you guys think about this whole girls with hairy legs and hairy armpits thing?