Woman Goes 18 Months Without Shaving Armpits: Gross or Great?

Living 2012/05/04 21:00:00
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If there's one beauty ritual that almost all women partake in, it's shaving their armpits while they're in the shower. But graduate student Emer O'Toole from Dublin decided to examine why she felt she had to be hair-free -- and stopped shaving 18 months ago, The Daily Mail reports.

"I started examining my own relationship with my body, and my body hair," she told "This Morning." She continued, "Why did I feel I had to shave? I thought back to when I first started shaving. When I sprouted hair at 14, I didn't think, 'Will I shave or not?' I just knew I had to shave it off."

Over a year later, O'Toole says she's mostly OK with her armpit and leg hair. "Over the past 18 months, if I've felt awkward in a certain outfit that shows my hairy armpits, 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. Your looks aren't with you when you wake up in the morning if you have to put your makeup on first. And they don't stay with you as you age."

And she says guys are totally fine with her fuzzy pits, but women are pretty grossed out by it. Do you think women should feel free to go without shaving their armpits? Or is it a beauty must-do?
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  • Riobhca 2012/05/04 22:32:37 (edited)
    If that is her preference, so what? If you bathe, you won't smell, hair or not. Sometimes it's good to question societal conventions. Good for her for having the courage to do just that.

    Americans are always so quick to judge other cultures. That is what is "gross."

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  • Wizard 2012/05/05 03:11:05
    Did you know Asian women did not need to shave their arms or legs? I guess it is the same for the armpits. I was married to a native Filipino for eight years, so I am aware of this. The skin is natually soft.
  • Kyle 2012/05/05 03:08:00
    I can deal with girls who have a little arm or leg hair but in my opinion hairy armpits just don't look good, not just on her but any girl, it's like a girl who has a beard to me.
  • Me 2012/05/05 03:06:52
  • B4ndWhore 2012/05/05 03:06:47
    I think it's a natural thing and society has horrible standards and expectations for people that cut them down and hurt them. But it is a bit disturbing to see that much armpit hair on a woman. Although it is JUST hair. It's not something I would do I would find it gross on myself. It would get annoying to me. So I'm a bit in he middle between gross and great.
  • Jazzy 2012/05/05 03:03:55
    To each their own!
  • flaca BN-0 2012/05/05 02:56:37
    flaca BN-0
    Why is natural gross? I've never got that.
  • Sean McDonald 2012/05/05 02:52:55
  • Scream Sean Mc... 2012/05/05 03:05:15
  • Kyle Scream 2012/05/05 03:13:23
    Because armpit hair is not a good look on women.
  • Scream Kyle 2012/05/05 03:16:38
    But it's okay on men?
    Personally I love the look.
  • Kyle Scream 2012/05/05 17:30:05
    Yes to the first part of that. As for the second part, good for you I personally hate the look and think it looks as good as a beard on a woman.
  • Lady Aiyanna 2012/05/05 02:51:35
    Lady Aiyanna
    Well I am called Hairy Scary when I don't do myself up and trust me on that one!!!

    I have had moments in the recent months wherein I have let my hair on the body grow and lose my self esteem too...

    In the past, I have gone 20 odd years without shaving or waxing and its fun but if you really want to be a topic of discussion for your hair, its ideal.

    I know I have been made fun of and openly by everyone, friends, colleagues and co-worker and even the husband (the worst) as they put a blot on my femininity.

    None the less, I prefer to take it off for hygiene purposes rather than fashion, as I now bleed and itch if I don't clean myself up. Whole body that is not just armpits...

    If your body odour is good, great, if you have terrible body odour, god help you as I know of a person, female who just has to lift her hands and the world would run for cover.... Its a lot thicker as she hasnot done it in 40-50 odd years....

    So its great with the I am Hairy and I am proud of it as I do that myself but not because I can but because I was born that way....
  • some idiot who thinks he kn... 2012/05/05 02:50:58
    some idiot who thinks he knows everything
    ...yeah it's more gross than great. Then again, she must have a sense of humor, just by looking at that picture. If she doesn't care in that case, that's awesome.
  • ★misfit★ 2012/05/05 02:44:42
    I would never do it because I'd feel masculine, but it's her body. As long she bathes and wears deodorant, it's not gross. If it was, then almost all guys would be "gross."
  • kelly 2012/05/05 02:41:21
    I mean, personally I think it's gross but...to each their own, right?
  • apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope 2012/05/05 02:35:20
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    A person can do relatively whatever they want with their own body. It's their body.

    Leave the terribly harsh judgement at the mirror, will you?
  • gcpajunen 2012/05/05 02:29:18
  • S123 2012/05/05 02:25:17
    I don't think there is anything wrong with it. I don't shave.
  • HelmetGirl 2012/05/05 02:24:59
    Hair free for me!

    smooth hairless female legs
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  • Relay 2012/05/05 02:20:11
    she must have smelt particularly bad during those 18 months..
  • apaтнeт... Relay 2012/05/05 02:38:10 (edited)
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    I'm sure she didn't just stop washing her underarms altogether because she grew out her hair. Armpit hair does not equal smelly.

    Just like if you grow out the hair on your head it doesn't mean you go and leave it unwashed.
  • Relay apaтнeт... 2012/05/05 02:45:53
    you sweat ... arm pit hair collects the smell... therefore if she would have to wash her underarms everytime she got a little hot...
  • apaтнeт... Relay 2012/05/05 02:50:57
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    Then wouldn't every man who didn't shave their underarms smell rather bad?

    That, and there are some rather good bath moisturizers for everyone.
  • Relay apaтнeт... 2012/05/05 02:53:51
    most of them do...
  • apaтнeт... Relay 2012/05/05 02:58:08
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    ...not really. Unless they've come from some sort of workout or don't understand the basics of taking a bath/shower.
  • Wizard apaтнeт... 2012/05/05 03:16:47
    My blood sugar is high. It is probably why my sweay does not stink.

    I do not think I have had any serious BO in years...but I do wash my hair everyday and use anti perspirant.
  • TKramar apaтнeт... 2012/05/10 15:45:51
    Actually, some women are attracted to the way men smell, that's why they like our shirts, because they can smell us on them.
  • Sasssy 2012/05/05 02:06:37
    Sometimes you need a break..
  • RoseLyle 2012/05/05 02:04:28
    Personaly I don't like to see it on a women, not do I like men running around with theirs showing either. From what I have read about it, the practice of shaving armpits has been around a long time, even before the birth of Christ.

    The first direct reference to the specific topic at hand is contained in Ovid's Art of Love, written just before the birth of Christ: "Shall I warn you to keep the rank goat out of your armpits? Warn you to keep your legs free of coarse bristling hair?"

    In America not until sleeveless dresses become popular did it become the thing to do, and leg shaving began around the time women started showing their legs.
  • Catch224u 2012/05/05 02:03:19
  • angelgurl 2012/05/05 02:03:18
    I wonder if she had any dates during this time
  • Griegg 2012/05/05 01:54:44
    I like hair on a woman, wherever it grows naturally. It's hair growing in places it shouldn't that looks gross.
  • Rhi-ot. 2012/05/05 01:51:44
    I feel like if I didn't shave my armpit hair for 18 months it'd be a lot worse than that..
    I will go days without make up. I rarely do my hair, it's always natural and I don't dye it. I will wear sweat pants and baggy t-shirts... but body hair.... that's something I'm uncomfortable with.
  • Cellar Door 2012/05/05 01:51:24
    Cellar Door
    Great that it's her choice since she can do what she wants with her body.
    But I personally don't really like armpit hair on anyone--women or men. :s
  • Catie 2012/05/05 01:51:17
    I feel more comfortable being hair-free, but I've heard of plenty of women who don't shave and it doesn't seem like that big of a deal
  • La 2012/05/05 01:44:37
    Cool for her, but I wouldn't do that myself.
  • (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<) 2012/05/05 01:43:22
    Whatever.... they aren't my armpits.
  • Lisa 2012/05/05 01:41:12
    do they have nothing else to report? This girl is stupid but if she thinks that shaving her armpits represents "lack of self-confidence" then whatever, but it's nothing worth reporting grossed out
  • Gordon 2012/05/05 01:41:06
    I would not want my wife to have hairy armpits or legs. I don't ike body hair on women.

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