This post is intended to start a discussion.
Women: do you feel an obligation to remove body hair on your legs, under your arms, on your face, etc? Do you remove said hair? Why, or why not?
Men: Are you concerned at all about your body hair? Do you feel an obligation to have body hair, or even remove some if it is in the “wrong” place? Do you think you have too much, too little, or is this something you’ve never really thought of? When you were a teenager and started growing facial hair, were you embarrassed by it, did you feel inadequate if you didn’t grow a lot of facial hair right away, or were you not very affected by it?
How do you feel about the possibility of losing your hair?
Men and women:
Does it matter to you if another women doesn’t shave her legs, or if a man always looks clean-shaven because he just can’t grow thick enough facial hair to have an aesthetically-pleasing pattern of hair? Or if a women has hairy armpits, or a man has a long, unkempt beard? What do you find socially acceptable, if anything? What’s ok, what’s not, and why, or why not?
If you are a trans man or woman, do you think you would feel any differently about your body hair if you were not transgender?
How are you affected by gendered expectations in terms of your own body hair, and how does it affect your perception of others?