When women started to shave in history?

Like a "why are you humping my arm?" kinda thing.

That practice is actually much safer than vaginal or oral sex. But again, it is conditional. A person could be made conditioned to find sexy pretty much anything.
 
When is it ok for a woman to stop shaving? I really don't want to be 80 yrs old with a tremor trying to shave my legs.

I am guessing it would turn gray and you wouldn't really sea it anyway. When I'm 80 I doubt I would care about looking sexy anyway.
 
Why did we (hairless apes) lose our body hair in the first place?

And, why doesn't anyone just ask the question on everyone's mind... Stop beating around the bush (pun intended) - how many of you ladies shave it all off?

Seriously...

Humans did not evolve from the modren ape. Maybe the species we did evolve from wasn't that hairy and had started making their own clothes and living indoors.
 
isn't body hair there for a reason anyway?

under arm hair......to catch sweat.
pubic hair.....to keep the private areas free from sweat

but why is it that some women get facial hair and others don't?

Everyone has the same number of hairs on their body. This is just more apparent in some. That down to hormones and genes.
 
I lost my body hair due to alopecia. But the hair still there...very short, fine and practically invisible. My daughter is jealous...
 
I lost my body hair due to alopecia. But the hair still there...very short, fine and practically invisible. My daughter is jealous...

Are you vitamin D deficient? That can cause alopecia. Do you get muscle pain and/or have arthritis?
 
When is it ok for a woman to stop shaving? I really don't want to be 80 yrs old with a tremor trying to shave my legs.
They've been making electric shavers for women for several decades now. I'm sure if you decide you want to, with your eyesight you won't miss the razor-close shave.
isn't body hair there for a reason anyway?
It does not serve a purpose any more. It's vestigial. We haven't lost all of it yet like the cetaceans because it isn't a slight survival disadvantage for us like it was for them, trying to go fast in the water. Perhaps we never will.
but why is it that some women get facial hair and others don't?
Some men get quite a bit less facial hair than others too, although none of us has none at all. It's just a question of how much hair your particular ancestors lost on their journey from chimpanzeehood.
I used to til our daughter was born. Then my husband asked me not to. He said he felt like a pedophile.
It looks pretty weird to us older guys, I assure you. We spent our youth being tantalized by glimpses of pubic hair, sometimes very carefully trimmed to heighten the anticipation. For it not to be there is just odd. Even with the lights off it would feel strange, and if I ever encountered stubble it would be awful.
My husband doesn't like the feel of stubble on his tongue as he runs it up my leg. We have sex more than occasionally. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't shave as often. But woe is me, its one of the neverending sacrifices I make for him.
So he doesn't want stubble but he also doesn't want you to let it grow out? Geeze you sure do make sacrifices!

Everything I can find on the subject (and there's not much) says that we don't really know for sure, since this is not something women would have talked about extensively. It stands to reason that the practice might have started in the early 20th century when hemlines started rising and sleeveless tops came into vogue. That's certainly when the razor companies started making products specifically for women.

On the other hand... We have nude portraits of women going back for centuries and they invariably have no body hair except (and not in all cases) pubic. It's impossible to guess whether this was faithful rendition or simply the male artists' concept of idealization.

Shaving facial hair goes in and out of vogue for men, so perhaps shaving body hair has a similar cycle for women.

Before the invention of the technology of metallurgy, men in Stone Age cities and even Stone Age villages learned to shave with shells, so the practice has been around for many thousands of years.
 
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Fraggle Rocker:

It does not serve a purpose any more. It's vestigial. We haven't lost all of it yet like the cetaceans because it isn't a slight survival disadvantage for us like it was for them, trying to go fast in the water. Perhaps we never will.

Body hair is not vestigal at all. It's primary purpose is still served, namely, to keep hot air away from the skin. As such, it is very useful for cooling.

Some men get quite a bit less facial hair than others too, although none of us has none at all. It's just a question of how much hair your particular ancestors lost on their journey from chimpanzeehood.

Excepting amongst the American Indians, I do believe beards relate to testesterone levels.
 
Prince James: it is very useful for cooling.

Well if this is true why are so many Asians hairless? I have met many who have no hair on their arms or legs or under their arms, they have no need to shave.
 
Well if this is true why are so many Asians hairless?

Asians have less hair because they are more feminine than other races. Black people are the most masculine and europeans and americans are somewhere between those two.
 
I'm just going to pretend that women don't shave their legs, that they are indeed, naturally smooth. :)
 
Excepting amongst the American Indians, I do believe beards relate to testesterone levels.
That's a myth. We lived in Arizona when I was a kid and my mother worked on the rez. Indians on the average have less pronounced facial hair than we do, but they shave just like us.
 
Asians have less hair because they are more feminine than other races. Black people are the most masculine and europeans and americans are somewhere between those two.

?? more feminine? The men produce more estrogen? :confused:
 
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