There is a Hairy Leg Movement taking over the interwebz. Really. There is a Hairy Legs Club which started on tumblr and a Very Hairy Legs blog, both of which are gaining followers from all over the world. Women everywhere are posting photos of their hirsute limbs in various poses in all their shaggy glory (as above). Some have never shaved or waxed in their whole lives, others are born-again Hairy Zealots. Some may be men taking the piss, we don't really know (other body parts tend not to be included in the pics, and there are some feet which are....well...anyway).
Commenters are also in their glory, as you can imagine. "Yuck", "unattractive" and "disgusting" seem to be the most common reactions, along with the thought-provoking "I feel sick" and the equally eloquent "ewwwwww".
My name is Cate, and I am a part-time member of the Hairy Leg Movement. I have a partially hairy leg in each camp, if you will.
I admit in winter the Department of Forestries comes a callin' to register me. I let what arises from my hair follicles do what comes naturally. That is, grow.
Yes, boys and girls, it's NATURAL. Who'da thunk girls have hair too??
I do this for a few reasons...
1. I'm lazy.
2. My legs are covered all winter and nobody can see them. I don't do skirts. Or swimming or gym (see number 1)
3. The extra layer of warmth when combined with thick socks and boots is pleasant on chilly days.
4. I have a beagle which sheds hair 24/7 all year round and I spend more than enough time scooping up balls of her hair.
5. I'm lazy.
However, as soon as the first sign of spring comes and the possibility of donning my Middle Aged Elastic Waisted Stretchy So I Can Eat Cake Three Quarter Cropped Jeans is on the horizon, out comes the Whipper Snipper Weed Trimmer and those little suckers get obliterated. I have been known, when in a hurry or feeling extra lazy, to only shave the portion of leg which I estimate will be on show. I have also been known to dreadfully underestimate this, then spend the whole day in public avoiding making any movements which would reveal my laziness, and hairiness, to the world. No, I'm fine, I don't need to sit down, I enjoy standing still....in the corner...behind this pot plant...
To be honest, I guess this doesn't really qualify me to be a card-carrying member of the Movement. I'm just not a committed Hair Activist. I love the feeling in warmer weather when I slide my smooth, hairless legs into my bed made with fresh, clean sheets. I feel cooler. I'm only a Wookiee when it suits me, and the rest of the time I'm Princess Leia (I WISH!). I admit I'm vain enough to find a dense thicket on my own legs unattractive. On me. But I truly don't care what others do and I will never comment with a "yuck". Each to their own.
In the interest of at least sympathising with the Hairy Sisterhood, I probably should have included a photo of my own legs in their current natural state, but I haven't had time to braid them.
Vain and lazy, told you.
So, what camp are you in?
Hairy Leg Movement, Smooth & Silky, or a Seasonal Swinger like me?