Umm, it doesn’t love

Why does female armpit hair provoke such outrage and disgust?
Yomi Adegoke

It is indeed a cultural thing, in some to many places, that there shouldn’t be any. But disgust?

Seriously, can we at least try to maintain the details of the language, where possible mild distaste is understood as being different from disgust?

25 thoughts on “Umm, it doesn’t love”

  1. Not sure you’re right Tim. I’ve seen many people express something that goes waaay beyond “mild distaste” towards it, though I don’t mind it at all myself. “Disgust” suggests a visceral reaction which seems in line with what a lot of people, particularly younger people, feel. Perhaps this is a generational thing, maybe not unrelated to the rise of social media or internet porn.

  2. “It is indeed a cultural thing, in some to many places, that there shouldn’t be any. But disgust?”

    Tastes differ. Both in what evokes the feeling and the intensity of it. All you’re saying is that *you* don’t feel disgust, only mild distaste. What makes you think everyone else is the same?

  3. The good thing about unicorn pits is that it does distinguish you from someone who can’t be bothered. Shaving, Keeping something trim, colouring something, all of these things require effort. Same with male beards, women can quickly tell the groomed variety from the homeless variety.

  4. Weirdly, this #woke trend of berating blokes for not lusting after fat or hairy women doesn’t seem to be sauce for the gander.

    Imagine a “Diet Coke Break” ad where the wimmins were lusting after a guy who looks like an actual brickie.

  5. Armpit hair becomes cause celebre du jour. Good to know no African children are going hungry today.

  6. abacab,

    That’s not the game. It’s an arms race between women competing for the best men. It’s why rich women spend a fortune on beauty treatments like £250 cans of moisturizer.

    2 blonde women with big tits go to a nightclub full of premiership footballers, the one who shaved her pits has an edge. Maybe not much of an edge, but maybe enough that he goes home with her.

  7. @BoM4 – not if her pits were covered by her top it wouldn’t :p

    Did you just presume her clothing? 😀

  8. Things have to be imagined (blokes are irrationally ‘disgusted’ by armpit hair) in order to deal with the cognitive dissonance generated when the narrative (all blokes are bastards) keeps bumping up against reality (most blokes are nice).

    Loads of these transgressions (or, hallucinations as Scott Adams calls them) are generated to maintain their worldview. It’s just more of the same shite from the uber feminists.

  9. That cultural thing, is any of it correlated with a cultural preference for sleeveless clothing? I seem to remember reading that advertisers started pushing the “urgh! pits!” line in connection with skimpy armwear.

  10. Outrage & disgust? By who?
    One thing you can count on. By & large men neither notice nor care. Like they don’t notice hairstyles, clothes (except in the absence), perfumes, nail varnish, shoes or any of the other stuff women torture themselves over. Mostly, they have to be pointed out to them. By women.

  11. “at the Guardian Britain is a perpetual 1950s sitting room”: or, more precisely, an inaccurate stereotype of a 1950s sitting room.

    At least, it bears little resemblance to what I can remember about my family’s 1950s sitting room. I admit that my memory is poor but I’ll bet my bottom dollar that we didn’t discuss hairy oxters.

    We probably did discuss the strong two clubs versus the two no trump, the remarkable bowling of Jim Laker, how best to play the seventeenth, whether I should swap from soccer (as my father called it) to rugby, why Latin was so ruddy boring, and whatever was the lead in that week’s New Scientist. After which I’d be sent to polish the shoes.

  12. dearieme – I assume that you, Wee Eck, and Soapy Souter were aye getting into trouble with PC Murdoch though.


  13. @bis raises an interesting point – the people I’ve heard expressing the deepest distaste for underarm hair on a woman, are other women…

  14. Considering Yomi Adegoke’s lived experiences, I think “outrage and disgust” is a perfectly suitable descriptor.

    She experiences “outrage and disgust” every time she tackles a stranger and shoves her armpit in his face. When will we reach the point where society stops condemning women for such perfectly reasonable behavior?

  15. “@bis raises an interesting point – the people I’ve heard expressing the deepest distaste for underarm hair on a woman, are other women…”

    Women’s fashion – and its many and fluid rules – is about women competing with each other. Yes, women dress to attract men; but more often they dress to compete with other women. ‘But, darling, I need a new dress for…’. And, afterwards, ‘Did you notice that she hadn’t had a pedicure?’

  16. You can tell you are in a Latin country when they sell the hair remover in pint sized tubs!


  17. Talking of fluid… the international sports authorities have now ruled that people must have medical interventions to supress natural characteristics in order to ensure fair competition. I’m waiting for sprint runners to be forced to supress their naturally occuring fast-twitch muscles to ensure fair play so that I can compete. Clearly, the next step will be to medically supress naturally occuring intelligence to prevent clever kids unfairly out-competing in exams.

  18. “aye getting into trouble with PC Murdoch though.” Just the once. He handed me over to my father, who laid me across the bonnet of the car and gave me a leathering with a carpet slipper.

    Thus was I saved for civilisation, and all things good and noble.

  19. @Steve May 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

    “Isn’t is strange how we seem to hear nothing but complaints about ‘toxic masculinity’, yet two of the most stereotypically toxic male characters on screen — gruff police chief Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) in Line Of Duty and James Bond stunt double Jean-Charles Rousseau, who set pulses racing after the release of pictures of him on set in the latest 007 — are proving most popular with women.

    Could it be there is a discrepancy between what the highly vocal Twitter-sisters think — and what the rest of womankind wants?”

    Well said Mrs Gove

    High time Politicians, msm and businesses manned up and ignored vocal shrieking minority.

  20. There’s nothing quite like a celebrity in a $500 dress, with $300 shoes, wearing a ton of make-up and with a $120 hairstyle telling us off because we prefer women to shave their armpits.

    I prefer women to shave their armpits but not totter about on stupid stiletto heels wearing wildly impractical clothes. Because I like clean and tidy and don’t care about fashion.

    That apparently makes me a bigot.

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