19 Mar 2013

March 19th


Why do women shave? Or men for that matter? To keep up with fashion trends is the easy answer. Back in the seventies, long curly hair and a flowing beard were all the rage for young men—as seen in the show, Hair. So who sets the guide-lines for hair fashion, or does it develop over time?

At one time, women wore their hair long, twisted into different styles and their personal bodily hair was never seen. I've never read about their removal practices, but I'm guessing they didn't shave underarm or overleg. Long skirts would cover their legs. Tight bodices laced their diaphragm under constricting clothing. In the films, women in costume sometimes wore dresses that exposed their d├ęcolletage. However, no flash of underarm hair is seen. This is probably to protect our sensibilities.

Let's face it: hair growth is a natural. The body developed and adapted over time in a certain way. Nothing exists without a purpose. 

Now days, most men shave their chins daily. Women remove underarm and leg hair as well. Then, there's the matter of the bikini line. Researchers say women seeking a well-groomed bikini line are at greater risk of infections. Waxing and shaving causes micro trauma to the skin, leaving it vulnerable to pathogens like poxvirus. 

Pubic hair removal is becoming increasingly popular among men too. Twenty-four of the 30 patients in the test group were men. Molluscum contagiousum is highly contagious and easily spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected or by touching contaminated objects such as a flannel or towel. It usually clears up on its own and does not cause any symptoms other than raised red spots. 

However, this could escalate. A recent finding revealed that bacteria are not responding to penicillin treatment. The World Health Organization warned that the age of medicine could be ending. Operations like a hip replacement could be a thing of the past. Even a scratched knee could lead to death. A global crisis in antibiotics caused by rapidly evolving resistance among microbes is responsible for common infections that threaten to turn them into untreatable diseases.

Shaving, with the risk of cutting or damaging the skin, could be a thing of the past too.


  1. Mega windy, bad hair days in Texas. I'm ready to shave my head, but I think I'd look darn goofy.
    Love that Groucho Marx comment - indeed, I try to avoid hospitals, clinics, anything resembling a petri dish.
    (also - thanks for the Twitter invite, but it's not something I plan to join) I seem to have enough stuff to keep me from writing.

    1. Don't shave your head, Joanne--you might cut yourself.
      I know what you mean about wasting time with social networking. I should be writing right now.


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