Strictly feminine is the woman devoid of superfluous hair

The more often I say that sentence, the stranger it sounds.

Pittsburgh Press - July 30, 1939

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 05, 2021
     Category: Advertising | 1930s | Hair and Hairstyling

It is even stranger that until century ago, women didn't worry about body hair. It wasn't until clothing fashion began to show more parts of women that removing hair became the norm. Or so I've been told by a friend who was a fashion designer. I sometimes wonder why it didn't catch on for men - they generally have a lot more body hair per square inch.
Posted by KDP on 11/05/21 at 09:13 AM
I have it on good authority (as in: one boozy evening, when there might have been herbals in the air, someone spieled off an explanation which was enthrallingly plausible, no matter that they might have been pulling it all out of their . . . thin air, and some of it stuck in my memory):

Hair has been seen/scene/obscene off and on since the ancient Greeks. The current trend against armpit hair dates to the early 20th Century when sleeveless dresses came into fashion. Women had to shave their armpits out of modesty because it suggested hair in the nether regions (if unshaven, raising an arm was visually equivalent to spreading their legs).

Shaving legs in a tactile aesthetic. It's pleasant to stroke a woman's leg/thigh when she's wearing nylons (coarse leg hair feels smooth when stroked one way, like sandpaper when stroked the other). Shaving carries this over to situations when she's wearing nothing but a smile.

As for men, we be hairy beasts, and shaving takes away from our animalistic nature/appeal.
Posted by Phideaux on 11/05/21 at 10:55 PM
The name Vi-ro-gen seems the opposite of feminine, as in virile.
Posted by ges on 11/06/21 at 07:13 PM
Reminiscent of the conversation in "The Wolf of Wall Street" about modern women having no hair lower than the eyelashes.

Are you staying properly current with porn? It's now fashionable for men to shave their pubic hair.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 11/07/21 at 10:26 AM
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