5 Reasons To Stop Shaving

5 Reasons To Stop Shaving

Now that Memorial Day is behind us and summer is more-or-less officially here, we're bringing back (by popular demand!) Liz's top five reasons to stop shaving.  These deep thoughts were originally published last August after an entire summer of not shaving (you're welcome world!):

Even though I grew up in the, “Nair for Short Shorts Era,” I’ve never been much of a shaver or someone who gets excited (or strangely aroused!) about chemically burning hair off my body. 

Truth be told, it makes me sad and a little bit angry that we live in a world where female body hair is seen as "unhygienic," “political,” “unappealing,” or just plain "gross".  In fact, I got so mad about this one day I wrote an open letter to my then six-year-old daughter entitled, Jesus Loves Your Body Hair. 

So, when the summer of 2015 rolled around, I decided to follow my own advice (always a scary thing), throw caution to the wind, and stop shaving for the entire summer - it was like college all over again!

I know, I know the non-shaving life isn’t for everyone.  But, over the summer, I came up with 5 really good reasons why women everywhere should put down their razors and take back their bodies (or, at least, consider it):

#1  Razors are expensive – especially women’s razors!  If you don’t believe me, watch this.

#2  If you don't shave, you won’t feel like a cricket every time you climb into bed with your spouse.

#3  If you put down your razor for more than a week, your legs feel amazing when the wind blows!

#4  Hair is cute and soft and natural - plus, when you stop shaving, you won't get ingrown hairs or razor burn EVER AGAIN. 

#5  When you look down at your legs or lift up your arms to reveal that fun, new trend sweeping the nation, you will be instantly filled with hope because your very body will declare this good news: the porn industry has not won!

Bonus Reason #6: We are created in the image of God, body hair and all!  In the first few verses of Genesis, God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.  So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.”  We are created in the image of God and we are good – from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes and everything in between (even the hairy bits)!  Nothing about your body is "unappealing" or "gross".  You are God's beloved and God wants you to love what God loves which means your hairy, wobbly, wrinkly, soft, dimpled, fearfully-and-wonderfully-made body!  

This is God's good news for everyone!

Peace and love,

Elizabeth Myer Boulton