When I was at university in the UK in the late Noughties, one of the most liberating things about travelling back to my native China for the summer break was not having to worry about shaving. Chinese tradition had no demands in this respect — armpit or leg hair was just part of your body and nothing to be ashamed about. This month, a campaign headed by young female activist Xiao Meili in China asked women to post pictures of their unshaven armpits on the popular social media site Weibo, China's version of Twitter.
Hair is an intrinsic part of being South Asian. As a second-generation North Indian, I have grown up with religious and cultural ceremonies centering around hair. For example, in parts of India the family gathers to celebrate when a baby has his or her first haircut.
T o shave or not to shave? Absolutely not. Does any woman in the 21st century truly have the time or the inclination to shave her entire face for the sake of slightly softer skin?
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I will make you to take off your shoes in my house. And never, ever try to get on the bed with your shoes on. I like to use chopsticks in new and interesting ways.
Chinese women don't really shave their armpits. Although, things are starting to change. Female underarm hair has recently become quite a hot-button topic in China.
Xiao Meili photographed her armpits to bring attention to issues of gender inequality. Photo: Xiao Meili. One morning last week I awoke to a newsfeed and desktop full of stories regarding the new trend in female body grooming —unshaved underarm hair.
The bane of many a woman's existence. Sometimes, it's just easier to let it all grow out especially in the winter. Who's really looking? Even though it's fairly obvious that it's your call whether or not you want to rock a full-on bush or give yourself a Brazilian — or if you want to let your leg hair grow out free as the wind or if you'd rather keep your legs silky and smooth — it's always at least a little interesting to know what men think about it.
Verified by Psychology Today. All About Sex. For thousands of years, women and some men have altered what nature has provided between their legs.