PUBLIC OPINION > Women Are Better Off Shaving Their Armpits
SodaHead Living 2012/05/07 13:00:00
Some people meditate to reflect on their self-image, or if they're really serious about it, visit other cultures where the idea of beauty is different. Few people do what Emer O'Toole is doing. The 28-year-old Dublin resident stopped shaving her armpits and legs 18 months ago. Of course, other people have done it -- even well-known people. Julia Roberts' unshaven appearance at the "Notting Hill" premiere in 1999 is probably the most notorious instance, but Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Lily Allen, and Tyra Banks have all done it, too. We asked more than 800 people if they think it's gross.
While O'Toole's confidence is admirable, it's not going to fly for most people. It's just too weird. For every person who admires her for what she's doing, two people can't help but be grossed out but it. Although, to a certain extent, that's why she did it. The Top Opinion wrote, "Sometimes it's good to question societal conventions. Good for her for having the courage to do just that." More often, comments read something like this: "Ewwwww. I don't care how natural it is. That's why women wax the unibrow."
Men Are Slightly More Grossed Out
Technically men were more grossed out than women by about 4%, but that's barely within the margin of error. We were actually kind of surprised to see so little variance between the male and female vote, but it indicates that this particular form of trichophobia does not discriminate. Both men and women are, for the most part, grossed out by it.
Bisexuals Put Up With It
There were only a few demographics that actually sided with O'Toole in a majority vote, and none of them were very strong. The strongest, however, was the bisexual vote. Bisexual voters were 24% more likely to condone female armpit hair and 5% more likely than homosexual voters, for a total of 55%. Obviously, bisexuals are going to be more willing to challenge gender norms and leave them open to interpretation.
Overweight Are Kind of OK With It
The most interesting correlation we came across was in the weight category. All weight classes save for the heaviest ("love handles") hovered around 30% approval, but 51% of overweight voters were OK with it. A quote from O'Toole might explain why: "I've started to examine where my confidence comes from. If it's my looks, and my self-esteem is linked to that, then I've realized I need to find other sources for that confidence."
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about female armpit hair. We'd love to hear from you!
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