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FrogFeathers
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I use a man's Mach 3 razor. My husband still uses his trusty Gillette Trak II. I've tried to lure him to the dark side of three blades, but he won't budge.

My daughters use girl razors, but that's mostly because one of the girl brands has safety wires on it and that was what I got them till they learned how to shave safely. And now it is because that way we can know which razor is our own. (One uses the pink Venus, the other uses a blue girly Gillette thing).

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Does anyone know why women shave their legs? I do it rarely anymore, because I got tired of the effort and the cuts. If having smooth legs is so sexy, why don't men do it? There isn't much difference between men's and women's legs*, except that men's are a bit hairier to begin with.
Sometimes I imagine it all started with a scenario like this:

Man: Kiss me, my love!
Woman: I'faith, no, my lord. Thy whiskers burn my poor face! Wilt thou not to the barber?
Man: Marry, I shall. On one condition: thou shalt also see the barber concerning thy fuzzy shanks.
Woman turns red and slaps man, because women did not show their legs in public. The groundlings cheer and jeer.

*Yes, there's a difference "between the legs," but I'm comparing the *legs* here

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If having smooth legs is so sexy, why don't men do it?
Thats a flawed method of thought. Men and women are biologically different from each other. I am sexcually aroused by seeing naked breasts (like most guys) Desn't mean that most women find man boobs attractive - unless I am terribly wrong of course...

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liebeslied, I'm not sure why women are expected to shave their legs, although in some cultures they don't. When I was a young teenager we opened up our home to a family that was immigrating from Russia. The mother was fairly young and would wear Daisy Duke type shorts, baring her hairy legs for all to see. Her husband found this incredibly attractive. The rest of us just tried not to look!

My sister went about three years without shaving. She decided she would shave her legs once she got engaged; I guess she didn't want guys to be drawn to her just because of her body. Which doesn't make too much sense considering she still wore makeup and dressed nicely (modestly, but nicely), so apparently she didn't mind being attractive. She finally waxed her legs recently because her boyfriend's mother convinced her to do so. Her boyfriend (now ex) is Egyptian, and apparently Egyptian women wax *everything* so the mother was appalled at my sister's hairy legs.

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Women generally tend to have less body hair than men. Therefore, less hair means more feminine, so no hair means uber-feminine.

Unless it's on the head [Smile]

There was a guy I went to high school with who had some sort of socialization problem. He wasn't stupid (in fact he was almost idiot-savant like in some ways) but he just had real problems with interaction and proper behavior. He was more or less adopted by us band geeks, and we kept other people from picking on him, but it didn't stop band members from occasionally pulling his leg. One of my friends told him all the big movie stars were shaving their legs, that it was the new "in" thing for men. She claimed later she thought he knew she was joking/ she never expected him to do it. The next day, he had shaved his legs. Even though people were teasing him about it, he could not stop stroking his legs. I'm worried she set some fetish in motion for him.

That's probably another reason for leg shaving, at least before the stubble grows in, it feels really nice.

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quote:
Originally posted by liebeslied:
_Hijack attempt_
Does anyone know why women shave their legs? I do it rarely anymore, because I got tired of the effort and the cuts. If having smooth legs is so sexy, why don't men do it?

I've been trying to stop my wife from shaving her legs (mainly because after a few days the stubble tickles me a lot). The reason she shaves is because she doesn't want other women making comments about her legs when she wears a skirt or shorts.

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I dont mind women with armpit hair or leg hair. I dont mind clean shaven either. The stubble though, thats a prickly issue. (lollerskatez!)
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I've heard it suggested it's a kind of youth-obsession thing -- young people having no body hair, men being attracted to young women, therefore removing leg hair = more attractive. Not sure if I buy this entirely, but maybe. (The person I heard putting forth the theory put it stronger, that it was an attempt to keep women socially in a state of pre-pubescence rather than seeing them as mature adults -- which I like to think most of us men are past, but I could be wrong there too.)

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My SO doesn't mind my hairy legs- he says the hair is soft- and much better than stubble. Plus, I am horrible at shaving- so I usually end up with large gashes when I do try to shave.

The only time I shave is when a) my legs will be showing or b) when it gets hot out. I have to shave for my wedding [Frown]

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I started shaving my legs when I was young- for my 10th birthday, my mom got me an electric razor. The hair on my legs was so long it was causing my legs to itch when I wore jeans.

At least, that's the reason I started shaving.

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It took me a long time to come around, but I love the Venus Divine. For a long time I used the Women's Sensor Excel. I've also used Mach 3 and, to be honest, I can't tell the difference between the men's version and the women's. I won't use anything but the Venus razor, though. I have the world's boniest knees and a normal razor tears them to shreads.

The trick, I've found, is first stretching out the leg and shaving over the whole knee like it's any other leg part. Then I bend it completly and go over any parts that I missed. That way there are no pointy bones sticking up and catching the blade.

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liebeslied
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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
quote:
If having smooth legs is so sexy, why don't men do it?
Thats a flawed method of thought. Men and women are biologically different from each other. I am sexcually aroused by seeing naked breasts (like most guys) Desn't mean that most women find man boobs attractive - unless I am terribly wrong of course...
Hm, I know you're not claiming to know what women are thinking...
Regardless, while leg hair is almost universal, it's rare to see boobs on a healthy man of normal weight. With the notable exception of MTF transsexuals who take hormones. You can argue that they're not men, but there is a significant and specific market for tranny porn, prostitutes, and craigslist hookups.

I like breasts, but I don't like fat guys.

Perhaps facial hair would be a better analogy. It's status quo among Mediterranean women, but generally considered unattractive.

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I read an article on this once. I'm not sure where. But essentially, women did not shave anything in the U.S. prior to the flapper look of the 1920's. Sleeveless dresses required armpits clear of hair. So razors started being marketed to women.

Then, noting a possibility of broadening the market and the rise in skirt lengths (as well as the scandalous rolling down of stockings), advertisers put out ads about removing unsightly hair from the legs.

This site seems to confirm it:

www.quikshave.com/timeline.htm

Avril

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Originally posted by Avril:
I read an article on this once. I'm not sure where. But essentially, women did not shave anything in the U.S. prior to the flapper look of the 1920's. Sleeveless dresses required armpits clear of hair. So razors started being marketed to women.

Well, sleeveless dresses certainly don't require armpits to be bare, but the flapper style demanded a young adolescent look, hence the shaven body parts. It was all lean, clean, and bare. Since the men weren't wearing styles that exposed skin, they didn't have to shave.

I do think the aesthetic standard goes part and parcel with the socialized preference for young women (hence the emphasis on unreasonably low body weight, line-free skin, etc.) I don't think that's a conscious preference all the time for all people, though, more of a follow-the-leader, Pavlovean response thing. I also doubt it's going to change anytime soon. Industries make a ton of money from the fight against aging.

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I prefer the feel of having shaven legs, which is why I do it. My boyfriend agrees with me, which is why he shaves his legs. He shaves more sporadically than I do, though... Mostly in the summer. I stop shaving mine in the winter because I want the insulation, but once they get long enough to start tangling in my socks and pulling they get trimmed. We both shave our armpits because we find it cuts down on smell, and I hate the feel of having hairy armpits.

Aesthetically, I like looking at smooth legs and armpits more than I like looking at hairy legs and armpits, but I would never comment on someones' unshaven legs unless I was specifcally asked.

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There also seems to be a fashion trend for body hair removal among males these days, especially for those of a younger generation than myself.

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In disposable razors, I've never found a difference in mens vs. womens in general. Some brands/types are better or last longer than others, but not men's over women's. Example, the Daisy-type razors are very poor IME but another brand-- I forget the name, I think they're made by Schick- are fairly good.
In most types of disposable razors I pretty much have to use one razor per leg and then toss it. My skin is so sensitive that I'd get really nasty razor burn otherwise... The only razors I can use more than once are the Schick Intuition type with the disposable cartridge/head. I can usually use these until the surrounding cream is worn down or until it's hopelessly clogged, whichever comes first. I was very happy when I found these, since I no longer have to use one-per-leg. I have also found I can shave with the Intuition razor any time of day, whereas with the totally disposable razors I could shave only at night or I'd get razor burn (don't ask my why...)

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I shave my legs because I don't like the LOOK of the hair(I am extremely fair skinned, almost looking like someone who has no pigment, but have jet black leg/pit/etc hair.) and it feels disgusting, like touching a brillo pad.

TMI TMI TMI TMI TMI!
Having a bush down there or on my armpits tends to also itch, sting and burn me because it's so rough. Sweating also makes it ten times worse.
TMI TMI TMI TMI over. [Razz]

I do prefer for a man to shave himself, but my boyfriend's body hair is very light and not course, so it's not much of a concern to me, except with the crotch area. I would want any guy to at least trim the pubes.

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