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!