Yes, But Not For The Reasons You Might Suppose…

Laurie Penny notes: “Cultural disgust for the female body is deeply political… If the female body remains a beautiful mystery, if it remains an ethereal, abstract quantity, you don’t have to feel so bad when you do bad things to it.”

She adds that leg-shaving and the like is “a lot of fun right up until it becomes compulsory, until you have to do it to prove you’re a real woman, a good employee, a person worthy of love and affection.”

Oh, good grief! Is there really nothing on earth these bad bints can’t claim is the fault of ‘the patriarchy’..?

Paris Lees says similarly: “It’s when it becomes compulsory that we start to get mad. Show me a woman who hasn’t sat in the bath shaving her legs idly daydreaming of a world where she doesn’t have to.”

Yes, no doubt, but she’s wishing the hair didn’t grow at all to save her the bother. Not one in which she can walk around with legs like Chewbacca!

6 comments for “Yes, But Not For The Reasons You Might Suppose…

  1. John in cheshire
    December 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

    If these people hate men do much, why don’t they direct their ire where it is most deserving; towards muslim men?

  2. Ed P
    December 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

    As JiC suggest, there are so many more important issues for women to agonise about, like FGM, having to cover their faces/bodies, being treated as goods & chattels, etc. Body hair is possibly one of the most superficial (!) and minor concerns. (And it’s possible that the one and only advantage the chador/niqab gives muslim women is there’s no need to shave covered parts.)
    I have tried in the past to persuade girlfriends to stop shaving their legs, as I find stubble most unattractive, but usually without success. The conditioning runs deep & the social pressure to conform probably started when they were barely (!) teenagers.

  3. Tom
    December 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    That “world where she can walk around with legs like Chewbacca?” It’s this one. Not a single law anywhere says she can’t. The Patriarchy is just a particularly dumb conspiracy theory.

  4. Gala
    December 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    “Show me a woman who hasn’t sat in the bath shaving her legs idly daydreaming of a world where she doesn’t have to.”

    Me, since I’ve never shaved my legs sitting in the bath.

  5. Errol
    December 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Cultural disgust? As usual, the Child Penny is completely wrong. Society venerates the female body. Cars are *designed* to look like women. Coke bottles, they’re portrayed as home makers through to executives.

    As for women having to shave their legs – I really don’t care. The wife can do as she wishesand I’m not ‘forcing’ her to do anything. It’s just a daft thing to say that, as usual; the unresearched, bigoted, angry Child Penny wants to trumpet seemingly to get a cheap column out.

    Nowhere is there a discussion of the denigration of women in some cultures completely at odds to the promotion of them. She could have written about ancient middle east originally being a matriarchal society and the fall into barbarism when that was brought down but no, she goes for the cheap shot as the Left always do.

  6. December 19, 2016 at 2:06 am

    The only reason women complain about shaving leg hair is that no-one has yet come up with a way for pampering it like the hair elsewhere. If only it grew a few inches, there would be high street shops dealing exclusively in women’s leghair styles. They would make a fortune.

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