Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I hate shaving

Listen, folks, I'm about to get really honest with you. Be prepared.

I hate shaving. I hate shaving my legs and my underarms and anywhere else that needs to be shaved. Shaving is the bane of my existence. It's wasteful of my time and resources. Seriously.


I don't know who's brilliant idea it was to have women start shaving the hair off their body parts. Was it a ancient day feminist who thought if men shave something, we should too? Or was it a man who thought women would be more attractive with less hair sprouting from their legs?

And why do we shave our legs and not our arms? Why do we shave our underarms? Who decided on the areas to be shaved? My guess is a man did.

Something else to consider is the waste of time and money shaving is. Yes, that's right, time and money! Researchers say that moms should be bringing home an annual salary of $138,646. Holy Cow! We'll revisit that number in another post! That works out to $11,553 and change a month. $385 per day... We'll say a mom works 18 hours a day to be fair for sleep, but we all know she works 24 hours. But 18 hours a day works out to be $21/hr. So if we spend 15 minutes shaving each day...that's like $5.25 we're wasting each time we shave our legs. Over the course of a year that works out to being $1,916.25!!! Look at all that wasted time and money! (and yes, I did just calculate all that!)

Anyway...I hate shaving. So unless I'm in something that ends above my ankle - I don't shave. Shhh. Don't tell anyone. If it's jeans weather - I don't shave. I long for winter months because I do not shave. Maybe once a month just to it's easier to shave come March. But for these next six months - don't feel my legs. You won't like it. And if you rub my calf after reading this just to check...well, I told you so.

I only shave in the summer because I wear shorts or capris and it's the social norm to shave. If I thought I could get away with not shaving, I would. I had a friend in high school who's mom never shaved because her leg hair was so fine and blond you couldn't see it. Yeah...doesn't work on this Scotch/Greek girl with the thick, coarse, dark brown hair.

So there you have it, folks. I hate shaving. Now you know. And PS - Kathy, if you're reading this. I'm sorry. I know that grosses you out!


Diane G. said...

Totally agree with shaving being a waste of time!!! Long pants is one the best things about fall and winter because it means no shaving!!

aimee' said...

this is wonderful. don't froget the cost of razors, shaving gel and waxing!

Unknown said...

I hate to get all teacher-y, but shaving started to become the norm during WWII because of the push to save nylon for making parachutes. Women gave up their nylons and went bare legged which looked better if their legs were smooth and hair-free. Many women also painted their legs (early spray tans) and used mascara to draw a "seam" up the back of their legs to give the look of nylons and so being clean shaven helped their artwork stick (although seriously, how would you manage to make it more than 5 minutes without smudging your "seam"? I can't even make it 5 minutes without smudging the mascara on my eyelashes where it belongs!)
I've heard some other theories of how it all started, but that's the most common one from my experience, so I thought I'd share.

Allison said...

Teacher away, Angie!

So why, then, do we shave under our arms?

Beth said...

Ummmmm, AMEN??? Confession time....I've worn jeans and long pants for the past month because I didn't want to or have the energy to shave my legs. I finally gave in last night ONLY because it was hurting when my pants rubbed the hair the wrong way :-) I love cold weather and pants!!!

Kim said...

If we could convince the people in Hollywood to not shave, then it would be the new "in" thing. Allison, I vote you our spokes person!


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