should women shave their legs?

Blue Prom DressesWhy should women shave their legs? A question I pose to myself more often than I should due to both the people I surround myself with and the age we live in. After watching a video from YouTube channel StyleLikeU titled ‘sorry not sorry, women have body hair‘ (thanks to Edie for introducing me to this channel, they have some utterly fab videos) body hair is a subject that I feel needs to be talked about – she discusses that shaving ads are shaving nothing; a false impression for young girls that could be watching. The issue of women’s body hair should be questioned, for why is it an issue?

No, I am not a hypocrite for shaving my legs after questioning who suggested that women should live hairless – I like the feeling of smooth legs but I have no urge to shave my legs every week; I’ve only shaved them once this year. Whilst I do have blonde leg hair it is still noticeable, infact I’ve been told by one of my friends that they think it is ‘great I have the courage to not shave my legs’. However I have to inquire, what is the courage in not shaving your legs? There is none, unfortunately it is the norm to shave your legs (a task I find possibly too arduous for my low maintenance beauty regime).

But wait… WHY am I doing this? 

Women have been oppressed by a society that has been grown up to think that body hair is wrong. We’ve been removing hair from the dawn of time and I found out today that even women in Ancient Egypt removed all their hair with tweezers so lets just be grateful we are in the 21st Century and not 3500 B.C. Much like everything that is not considered mainstream body hair is sadly still seen as ‘gross’ and ‘unhygienic’ – *news flash* it’s not.

“It’s unnatural for women to have body hair” 

Body hair is the most natural thing ever, we were born with hair! What if women didn’t have to feel that they needed to shave their legs? There is nothing wrong in not shaving or shaving but we have been programmed to think that shaving your legs is really the only way – it is the fact women feel they have to do this act.

Some women shave for society, others for the views that men have of them, I fall under the ‘occasional shaving’ category and other women do it as it makes them feel cleaner. It is ridiculous that men can shave yet women who are also blessed with the same hair feel ashamed and embarrassed. I ask you to not shave and see what people think or continue to shave (I am about to for my holiday tomorrow and but I don’t the rest of the year simply because razors are expensive, it’s time consuming and honestly I am perfectly happy with the state of my body) but don’t feel like you have to shave your legs, especially for other people. Whatever you do, do it for you.

So, my question to you is: do you feel that women should shave their legs? Leave me a comment below as I would love to know your thoughts.


  1. Life As Unusuals 11th August 2016 at 8:35 am

    Ahh, the age-old shaving talk. It's obscene that people think they can tell me when/how/why I should shave my legs… Like seriously, unless they are going to waste their time shaving them for me, then I don't care. I haven't shaved my legs this year and I think I shaved them once last year when I felt like. I just felt like having shaved legs. Then I regretted it because they get itchy when rub on stuff when they grow back. I also don't shave my armpits either, simply because I can't be bothered and because I actually sweat less and as a somewhat sweaty human being, I like that.

    Shaving is the most ridiculous thing and it makes me laugh to see people get so riled up about the state of my own legs. It's like seriously, they grow out of my hips, not yours, busy yourself with your own body hair.

    One day people will realise there are more important things to talk/think/do that worry about whether I felt like a shave this morning.

    Sigh. It's a sad world sometimes.

    I for one, will continue to not shave and continue to tell people that the sole reason I didn't is because I don't want to and shock horror, body hair is a perfectly fine thing to have.

    I loved reading your thoughts on this!

    ~ K

  2. Laura Blossomofhope 11th August 2016 at 11:41 am

    I have dark hair so I feel like I have to otherwise I get judged. Women having to shave should not be compulsory and seen as disgusting if they don't, it should be a choice. Lovely post xx

  3. Kizzi Webster 11th August 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I have been shaving my legs since before high school and to be honest, I can't be bothered more often than not but I remember at sports day, a group of boys were giggling and making fun of this girl who didn't shave her legs and, even though it wasn't at me, i remember feeling very self-conscious which is ridiculous. It's so important that girls don't feel like we have to change the way we are because of what other people think and I think this is somthing I have learned to acknowledge as I've gotten older and it's post like these that will help girls to see this. Love this post x

  4. Eleanor Pritchard 11th August 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I absolutely loved this comment and agree totally with what you say, how people have enough time to talk about why you haven't shaved is beyond me!

  5. Nicole Marie 11th August 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I've written about this topic on my blog and I am glad you are too! I completely agree with the points you make! Women should not shave any part of their body unless they want to not because society, their friends, partners or the media tells them to xx

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  6. Ella Whitehead 11th August 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I personally prefer how my legs feel and look when I shave them but I think it's up to each individual woman whether or not they want to shave or not. No woman should be targeted or abused for not shaving her legs-her body, her choice. Great post lovely!

    Ella xx

  7. Imogen Cdj 11th August 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I'm with you 100% on this, its so sad that you even got called 'brave' for not shaving your legs – it shoudnt be seen as brave to embrace what is natural but alas societal conditioning enforces expectations on us and hence those who dont conform get called things like 'brave'. Its awful that there isn't really a choice not to shave, I dont shave my armpits or my legs nut shave everywhere else only because that's what makes me personally comfortable – shaved legs on myself look disgusting, I look like a plucked chicken, but I'm not going to shame those who do because that's their own personal choice. The real issue is when no thought goes into the action and people shave purely because they believe they have to, or that they will be looked down upon if they do not, regardless of personal choice. I realised last year that I had never seen my armpit hair because for as long as I could remember I had been mindlessly shaving the tiny hairs, as soon as I had seen them sprouting back when I was as young as 11. Thank you for writing such important content that really needs go be spoken about, especially by teenagers like us who can empower and rebel against norms!!

  8. Lifethrough Tsg 11th August 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I'm with you!! Just shave if you wanna, don't is you don't! Personally I just like smooth legs so do it pretty regularly but I've never seen a problem with people who don't! Lovely post X

  9. Ayele 11th August 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I honestly can't be bothered with shaving my legs because I don't like how it feels when I do. I've tried once this year as you but I found it too boring and nothing can keep my attention for that long.
    I say as women/girls, it is up to you if you want to shave your legs or anything for that matter. It shouldn't be up to boys or society. I just can't seem to give a fuck about not shaving because I'm not trying to please anybody.
    I love that you wrote about this. Great article girl!
    wishing you all the best,

  10. Emily Writes 11th August 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I like to shave, just because I like the feeling of smooth legs. However it doesn't really bother me whether other women want to shave or not, and I don't think it should bother anyone. It's such a personal decision and should be made by you, shaving takes a long ass time to be doing it for anyone else!

    Emily x |

  11. Irene Thayer 11th August 2016 at 10:27 pm

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

  12. Mia - Blog World Vibes 12th August 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Such an inspiring post but I still like to shave mine!

    Mia |

  13. Guilianna Marie 12th August 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Eleanor. I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely adored this post. I have extremely dark hair, so not shaving my legs was never really an option for me. After day 4 you can begin to see the hairs very well. I am definitely going to take part in this movement- maybe I'll participate in #NoShaveNovember. This was an incredible post. I'm looking forward to future posts! xx

  14. Eleanor Pritchard 12th August 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you so much Kizzi, I think there is so much pressure on young girls to look 'good' and shaving comes with this however it shouldn't!

  15. Eleanor Pritchard 12th August 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I must read your post on it Nicole! I think it's a really relevant topic to talk about xx

  16. Eleanor Pritchard 12th August 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you! I feel like this post should be all about women empowerment because women should not shade other women for not shaving (and or shaving) xx

  17. Eleanor Pritchard 12th August 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I loved this comment Imogen and I definitely look like a plucked chicken too – the hair on my legs keep me warm for winter! xx

  18. Bash Harry 13th August 2016 at 8:29 am

    I don't shave my legs, but I don't really need to since I'm pretty hairless. But I do wax my armpits every few months, I let it grow usually. Some do it as a means to 'rebel' against society, some do it because it feels right, I do it because I'm gosh darn lazy! Hahaha!

    I know a lot of girls have a strong opinion on their body hair, but for me, I don't really care about my own. I'll let it grow, or I'll wax it. I know many of my friends who don't care either, but perhaps it's just the different ways we were raised.

    xx   BASH   |   go   say     H E Y   B A S H

  19. Eleanor Pritchard 21st August 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Yes definitely! I think for me it definitely takes longer than I think it is meant to!

  20. Eleanor Pritchard 21st August 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you so much Guilianna, I'm so glad that you've taken something from this post and I wish you all the luck with no shave November if you do it! x

  21. Eleanor Pritchard 21st August 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I am so lazy too haha but that's an interesting point about the ways we are raised and I never thought about that before! xx

  22. Eleanor Pritchard 21st August 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you so much Ayele! Definitely agree about not doing it for boys x

  23. daydreamsandjellybeans 22nd August 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hello! I love your blog so much; you have a really beautiful design! I really loved reading your thoughts on this because it's something that I think about a lot; it's really hard to tell whether I like shaving my legs because I really enjoy the sensational of feeling like a dolphin or whether I've just been conditioned to think that I have to, it's very confusing. I have followed your blog because I think it’s so good!!! I would love it if you had a look at my blog; I’m a very passionate blogger but I’m quite new and really need the support! Perhaps we could become friends? Thank you so much, Jeani xxx

  24. Kate Emsley 6th September 2016 at 6:00 am

    I'm afraid I'm a hypocrite when we get onto this topic. I don't think women should shave their hair and I'm happy showing mine but I also cave into other peoples protests against my hair. Like, I'm sorry for being human!!
    Loved this post,
    Kate xxx


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