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    Given that men and women naturally grow armpit hair, why does its existence on the bodies of women specifically seem to be so readily frowned upon, even insulted (by men and, sometimes, by other women)? Cultural conditioning would be my view. Anyone else have an observation or opinion?
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    Doesn’t look attractive
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    Aside from the fact I'd say other women almost certainly pick up on it more, it's simply because female beauty is based on elegance = smooth skin = no hair. Not really much more to it.
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    I think what Dheorl said is basically the main reason. We like women with clean, smooth, soft skin and to have feminine features. Having facial hair or armpit hair, while natural, are manly features which is just unattractive. It's the same reason most men do not like fat women, not because of some social construct but because it's naturally visually unattractive.
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    It does seem slightly strange though how armpit hair and leg hair is considered to be unattractive, but no one really seems to care as much about arm hair?

    Why do certain parts of the body get more attention than others?
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    Culture probably.

    It could also have its basis in the fact that women do generally have less body hair than men. So removing body hair probably emphasises that difference which helps attracting a male mate.
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    (Original post by Dheorl)
    Aside from the fact I'd say other women almost certainly pick up on it more, it's simply because female beauty is based on elegance = smooth skin = no hair. Not really much more to it.
    Yet not many women shave their heads and often, instead, cultivate and make a display of their head hair.
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    (Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
    I think what Dheorl said is basically the main reason. We like women with clean, smooth, soft skin and to have feminine features. Having facial hair or armpit hair, while natural, are manly features which is just unattractive. It's the same reason most men do not like fat women, not because of some social construct but because it's naturally visually unattractive.
    Sexual attractiveness in the female body form has been shown to vary though, historically and by geography. Otherwise, obvious obesity is likely to be generally unattractive because it suggest poor health by association, not so with armpit hair.
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    (Original post by Axiomasher)
    Otherwise, obvious obesity is likely to be generally unattractive because it suggest poor health by association, not so with armpit hair.
    In fact it is more unhealthy to not have armpit and pubic hair.

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    In fact it is more unhealthy to not have armpit and pubic hair.

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    Where have you read this? I can't see how having armpit or facial hair actually increases ones health. There may be some small benefits to do with sweat or keeping warm but I highly doubt it has any impact on your health.
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    What irritates me is when people say it’s “unhygienic” for women to have armpit hair, but it isn’t for men. Personal hygiene is a matter of washing regularly, whether you’re covered in body hair or bald as a baby doesn’t matter.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Culture probably.

    It could also have its basis in the fact that women do generally have less body hair than men. So removing body hair probably emphasises that difference which helps attracting a male mate.
    This idea sounds quite good to me.

    Presumably the practice is pretty recent so female armpit hair has not historically been an obstacle to male sexual interest in women.
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    (Original post by Axiomasher)
    Yet not many women shave their heads and often, instead, cultivate and make a display of their head hair.
    Because head hair is normally smoother so does not detract from the ideal of elegance. Reinforced by the amount of effort women often put into straightening their hair if it isn't naturally that way.
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    (Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
    Where have you read this? I can't see how having armpit or facial hair actually increases ones health. There may be some small benefits to do with sweat or keeping warm but I highly doubt it has any impact on your health.
    I don't know about armpit and facial hair, but public hair provides an additional barrier to a sensitive area, and as much as having hair being healthy, I imagine it's that the act itself of removing hair that can be unhealthy.
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    do you go to SOAS?
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    (Original post by Axiomasher)
    This idea sounds quite good to me.

    Presumably the practice is pretty recent so female armpit hair has not historically been an obstacle to male sexual interest in women.
    I have no evidense or anything, just speculating.

    Capatilaism has really tore **** up when it comes to human social practises. Just have easy access to showers and stuff means we can actually maintain this stuff quite easily if we want to.

    You still have the question of why did it happen in porn, but in porn women are basically hairless, then with the profilation fo easily accesable porn, that is going to have massive effects on what people's idea of body image and attractiveness is. I would be more suprised if women didn't shave thier pubic hair. Or though what is odd is that it is often the same for men in porn, yet there isn't really the same thing with men. Sexism probably comes into play here with unequal standards of expectation, or something.
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    (Original post by Dheorl)
    Because head hair is normally smoother so does not detract from the ideal of elegance. Reinforced by the amount of effort women often put into straightening their hair if it isn't naturally that way.
    This idea of 'elegance' seems a little strange, why can't wavy or curly hair be 'elegant' for example and who decides what is 'elegant'?
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    (Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
    Where have you read this? I can't see how having armpit or facial hair actually increases ones health. There may be some small benefits to do with sweat or keeping warm but I highly doubt it has any impact on your health.
    I'm not saying it makes a large difference (or any difference at all) but that stuff has evolved to be there for some reason.

    Also the act of removing it can cause things like rashes and ingrown hairs, leaving it a alone and just cleaning it is probs the best for your pubic hair.Pubic hair can help stop infections from developing as well. What is clear is that it certainly isn't "drity" to have body hair...

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...b-stop-shaving
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    (Original post by Axiomasher)
    This idea of 'elegance' seems a little strange, why can't wavy or curly hair be 'elegant' for example and who decides what is 'elegant'?
    It can. Note I didn't say straight hair, I said smooth hair. The easiest way for most girls to make their hair smooth is to straighten it. If you're lucky enough to have naturally smooth wavey hair then that's grand. As for who decides? Whomever the current crop of celebrities are, backed up by the media portrayal of them.
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    It drives me nuts when some anti-feminists cry out 'only two genders male and female! It's simple biology! yet they're the first people to cry when they see women with armpit hair and call it unnatural or disgusting.
 
 
 

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