People have sent in personal messages saying they hate how society makes them feel like it’s wrong.
“In recent years I’ve to come to realise why I hate it. I don’t hate the hair, I hate the way that society makes me feel it’s wrong. I hate the way people look at it as if it’s disgusting. I hate the negative perception. I hate the media for making anything aside from smooth seem wrong. I realised I don’t hate my hair. I don’t hate the way I look. I stopped shaving my legs. Forgot about my armpits. No more plucking, pruning, ripping, and tearing.
“Because, well, fuck it. Who is society to tell how I should I look? I’m a girl with a moustache, deal with it.”
One girl who moved from Asia to America said that she shaved her legs to fit a popular notion of beauty.
“I recently moved to the USA from Asia, and where I am from not too many women shave. Perhaps only the movie stars and people on TV, etc. It’s just not part of the popular culture. So shaving is just something new to me. So when I did try, I did not like it at all. But I did it when wearing dresses because my friends around me kept telling me to… I guess I was just trying to fit in.”
Others messaged the blog to say that even though they shave their legs, they love that women are doing what they want with their bodies.
“In a weird way this blog has made me feel good about shaving. Because I’m not doing it for anyone else, I’m doing it for me because it’s what I like. That’s exactly what all these girls are doing and more power to you all!”
Many shared the feeling that they were tired of “existing for the gaze of other people”.
“‘Hairy legs are sexy’ – I think this statement is really problematic. One of the reasons I don’t shave is because I am sick of existing for the gaze of other people. It is no more acceptable to objectify fuzzy women than it is to objectify hairless women. If you want to show solidarity with me, you only have to say as much – I don’t want to hear how sexy you think I am.”
She concluded the post by saying: “I can’t wait for the day that this blog is redundant and that being a woman and having hairy legs is as unremarkable as having a head, shoulders, knees, and toes!”