This seems to me an absurd question. Why don't men use lipstick? Why don't women grow beards?
Men could wear lipstick. Most women can't grow beards.
I see a difference.
Because body hair confers an impression of masculinity.
On what basis do you make that claim?
Do you mean that people with body hair are usually men? And I suppose that you think people without wedding rings are single.
Actually, shaving is such a pain in the ass I don't know why women don't all get laser hair removal. imagine doing that awful waxing stuff (youch!) for forty or fifty years. If I had a daughter I'd give her laser hair removal as a present on her eighteenth birthday.
I assume you can't do it on the face or I'd hear of men doing it.
Scotty, your point partly motivated my OP. Modern technology makes hair removal easy.
Exactly. The majority of the Earth's women do not, in fact, shave their legs.
Do you have a cite for that claim?
I'll bet however that most women around the world view a hairless body (other than the hair on their head) as Western, modern and sophisticated. Incidentally, French has two different words for head hair (cheveux
) and body hair (poil
Returning to Kimmy's point, all American presidents since Woodrow Wilson have been beardless. And yet, most American presidents in the 19th century had beards (eg. Lincoln). Of course, in the 19th century, women did not have the right to vote.
Body hair may be perceived as masculine but apparently women voters don't like it on their leaders.
Edited by August1991, 03 June 2011 - 11:43 PM.
"In civilised society he stands at all times in need of the cooperation and assistance of great multitudes, while his whole life is scarce sufficient to gain the friendship of a few persons." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Chapter 2