DO YOU CONCUR?: None of your business November

It’s admittedly hard to remember that November means other things than your friend/significant other/relative growing a gross moustache to raise money for prostate cancer. But before Movember became a thing, there was No Shave November.

Sara Howie
ARTS EDITOR

It’s admittedly hard to remember that November means other things than your friend/significant other/relative growing a gross moustache to raise money for prostate cancer.

But before Movember became a thing, there was No Shave November. This month-long holiday encouraged people to grow out their hair for the month of November because, well, why not? Apparently, there are a lot of people who will argue that people actually means men. This discussion came to a bit of a head when a Will Ferrell parody Twitter account (@FillWerell) tweeted; “Girls who participate in No Shave November will also participate in No D December.” Yes, the D stands for that.

That tidbit of eloquently written advice garnered over 17,000 retweets and the hashtag #noddecember. Admittedly, this Twitter account is sort of offensive on whole. But either way, shaming a women’s body, especially publicly on the Internet to almost two million followers, is just not right.

It is of course not just the account that upsets some women. Shaving is a sort of ridiculous practice to do in the first place. Women seem to have started shaving for really arbitrary reasons, i.e. razor companies looking for a new target market in the 1910s and 1920s when sleeveless clothing became popular. Admittedly, a lot of trends that happened 80-plus years ago were really great ones, such as women ditching corsets and opting to wear pants. However, shaving is unnecessary. Hair that grows on legs, armpits and other places is normal. Armpit hair wicks away sweat and cools you off. So then, why is it less womanly to shave some places and not others? Because other people say it’s ugly?

Here’s the thing: shaving is a personal choice. Although that sounds like an obvious statement, it unfortunately isn’t. There are a lot of women who will tell you that people get upset or offended at their choice not to shave their legs.

Back to this business about “no D December.”

A woman’s body does not exist for the pleasure of a man. It is not a woman’s responsibility to be attractive to the opposite sex or the same sex or anyone at all. Women don’t need to go out of their way to groom themselves in a certain way if they don’t want to. Furthermore, the idea that hairless equals pretty is a western ideal of beauty. Any significant other who is worth your time won’t care if you do shave or if you don’t.

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