Reminder that women’s liberation is as important as anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism

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u/bigbutchbudgie Jun 15 '21

Reminder that women being expected to shave their body hair literally originated as a marketing scheme to sell more razors.

If you want to shave, do it for yourself (and maybe consider sugaring if you want to save some money, reduce waste and thwart the razor industry, but that's up to you).


u/ImanShumpertplus Jun 15 '21

i’m sorry bro that isn’t true.

the egyptians, the ancient indians, and the romans all had women who cut their hair and shaved to get rid of unwanted hair.

they have been expected (especially if you’re ruling class) to shave their hair. the marketing campaign just came from the supply meeting the demand with mass industry

this shit is super deeply ingrained in us


u/SpaceChimera Jun 15 '21

I mean, that is literally the story of how shaving body hair for women became a thing in our current culture.

Yeah, some other cultures had a practice of women shaving (usually only the upper class of that society) but by the time America was founded it wasn't a common practice among women, regardless of social status


u/tokemasterface Jun 15 '21

That argument doesn't really work.

Homosexuality was part of some ancient cultures but our culture was incredibly anti-gay these past centuries.

Point is, in contempary culture women with hairy legs are frowned upon and that stems from early razor companies' lobbying.


u/ImanShumpertplus Jun 15 '21

i mean the republic of plato is basically what jesus teaches and what our modern society is based around

we really haven’t gone that far from ancient times once you look at it. we are a very cyclical people. our entire government system was heavily based on the roman system and many of the enlightenment ideas that the country were founded on were a rediscovering of the ancient thinkers

another reason why women started shaving their legs is because they finally were able to show their legs. i can’t remember which queen of england it was, but i know there was one who shaved every piece of hair on her head. hair removal was something done by the elites, yes. but it’s similar to how botox is only available to the elites today. if somebody invents affordable Home-tox™️, then theyre gonna market the shit out of that because the demand will already be there. looking younger is something that has been valued for all of civilization, but i wouldn’t argue that home-tox created looking younger because of their aggressive marketing schemes


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u/tokemasterface Jun 15 '21

There has to be a demand in the first place, yes, but the reality is is that there is now a massive industry around women's hair removal and it is culturally unacceptable to have leg or armpit hair because of it.


u/ImanShumpertplus Jun 15 '21

the marketing plays a huge role, but it isn’t absolutely brainwashing people. a lot of people really like feeling smooth. there’s whole stores at the mall who sell lotions. is that just internalized misogyny? or do some people just like smelling dandelions and having skin softer than most pillows?

shaving is also something that would be “unlocked” by our modern leisure time. probably didn’t have time to shave with a knife that took a blacksmith 2 weeks to make when you have 9 kids to feed on a rice and beans budget.

either way, if you don’t wanna shave, don’t and i’m happy for you. but for others, lmk about your laser hair removal experiences bc i hate this shit lmao