To Shave or Not To Shave, That is The Question!

In response to my post about the razor companies Cold War arms race to bring about shaving Armageddon by continually increasing the number of blades on our razors Natalia commented that men should never, ever complain about shaving considering what women have to do in this regard. Knowing that many of my readers are women, I thought it might be entertaining to explore that subject a bit further. Also knowing that this is the internet, I feel safe knowing that none of you can throw anything at me

Let us now travel back through the mists of time to examine the origins of shaving. The history of shaving takes us back to the Stone Age, around 100,000 B.C. when Neanderthal man first started pulling hair from, painting, and tattooing his body. Ancient cave paintings inspected today indicate that early man discovered other ways to remove hair from his face; in the beginning, he simply plucked them out using two seashells as tweezers. See that? MAN started shaving and you can bet it was because of his Neanderthal wife who said, “Oooga Oooga! Me not kiss you until you lose that scruffy beard. Ooga ooga” I’m not a historical linguist, so I couldn’t quite translate the “ooga ooga” part for you, but I’m sure that’s how it went. About 3000-4000 B.C. women are removing body hair by making their own depilatory creams that contain bizarre combinations of scary ingredients, such as arsenic, quicklime and starch. Historians aren’t certain when the concept of a “full-leg day” started, but they think it was first invented by a cave woman named Cranga who had a date at the tar pits with Thag around 2500 B.C. Around 500 B.C. the shaving craze really took off. Alexander the Great is pretty much the guy responsible for this trend because he was obsessed with shaving. He even shaved during wartime, and would not allow himself to be seen going into battle with a five o’clock shadow. I imagine Alexander must have often been caught checking himself out in the reflection from his shield, “Damn! Missed a spot. Do you think the ladies we rape and pillage will notice? No matter they’re French. They don’t shave anyway.” I suppose Alexander would be appalled at the “warriors” of today’s professional sports who often abstain from shaving until they win. Around 50 B.C. it was noted that “the Britons removed all hair except for their head and upper lip.” Notice it said Britons, so I assume that was everyone. For the ladies this was a great idea, but for the men..EEEEW! It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that a young marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, who at the time only made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince the women of North America that: (a) Underarm hair was unhygienic (b) It was unfeminine. There you have it ladies. You shave because it was a guys idea. But it wasn’t my idea, so don’t take it out on me in the comments. As a guy who appreciates women however, and speaking for all men, I do have to say that we appreciate the fact that you all put as much work into your grooming as you do.

As for Natalia’s contention that men should never complain about shaving because women have it so tough, I disagree. How many ladies out there would like to drag a sharp blade across their face every day? You can argue that men can skip shaving and grow a beard, but women don’t shave everyday either, and frankly during the winter you’re not fooling anyone. We know that you let your legs go a bit Sasquatch when you’re not wearing skirts.

*I do have to give credit where credit is due. I borrowed the historical facts about shaving from a website:

12 responses to “To Shave or Not To Shave, That is The Question!

  1. Holy crap! another excessively long post. Sorry about that folks, and thanks for sticking with me. Have a great weekend!

  2. Thankgod i wax!

  3. lol, I do love history lessons. Shaving, I actually don’t mind it, as long as I remember to change the blades often. I shave underarms and legs while I condition my hair…quick and painless…well, most days… I do have a few scars….I actually think facial shaving would be much worse.

  4. Well, there ya go ladies,a term to describe the inattention to our legs during winter…”Going Sasquatch”. You really didn’t convince me though Phil. I still have to agree with Nat. As a matter of fact, I would go as far to say that men should never complain at all. Until you have carried and given birth to a child, you have no legal right in the complaint department. Although, we will still let you stand in the whiners line.

  5. Phil-Unfortunately, you have no argument 🙂On the mere amount of surface alone women have it tougher. Compare face to ALL YOUR BODY pretty much…since women are required to have no hair. Men freak out at the mere sight of a developing follicle.And, as I stated before, men are not required to shave. It is merely a choice. Women, while they have a choice of course, would be cast out as pariahs if they stopped shaving.Sorry, darling, from the standpoint of a female AND a logic professor… you have no leg to stand on.But…nice try.-N

  6. As far as Sasquatch in the winter goes…true dat Phil…true dat.

  7. Very informative post Phil dear. And stop worrying about your posts being long!

  8. Phil, You’ve shocked me. You mean all women don’t shave their legs every day? Another illusion shattered.

  9. There are women that drag the rzaor across their face on a daily basis…..

  10. Good points dude… When i women does shave (and like you said, not every day), here hair isn’t nearly as thick and course as mens….Great postI’m more of a 5:00 shadow/stubble kind of guy. I’m an artist and this all part of my image as a bleeding heart liberal! 🙂Have a great weekend.

  11. Ok, you scare me. :0)

  12. Okay…until you have to shave the amount of space we do…you cannot talk shit about us. Whether we shave daily or not…doesn’t matter. A LOT of men don’t shave daily either. it’s a pain in the ass…

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