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Posted October 11, 2022 04:21 PM

My confidence improved when I stopped shaving my armpits, here’s why

“I embraced my new tufts of hair with delight, finding that I felt empowered and comfortable in my body. It made me experience my femininity in a new way – a feeling that’s hard to explain but amazing to feel.”

The age-old trope of ‘date prep’, something that’s been portrayed in television shows and films for as long as I can remember, still stands. That iconic Legally Blonde scene or Cassie’s frantic beauty regime in Euphoria come to mind.

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For many, trying to find an outfit that looks sexy but not too suggestive, washing and styling your hair and shaving are all a part of this elaborate process. These steps have always been a tried-and-true routine for me when it comes to going out. I know exactly what I have to do to feel ready for a first date.

The realisation

I was in the shower, scrubbing away at my skin, conditioner in my hair, thinking about the date I was preparing for. It was the first time I was meeting this guy after chatting for a few weeks on a dating app. Possibly for the first time ever, it crossed my mind that I was putting an extreme amount of effort into getting ready for this date.

I had no intention of sleeping with him – we were simply doing dinner and a movie (note to self: don’t choose a three-hour movie for a first date. I’m looking at you, Batman.) But I still felt pressure to make my body perfectly smooth and hairless, despite knowing I would be wearing pants and a T-shirt. Disheartened, I thought to myself, “I’m going to all this effort and he’s probably not even going to brush his hair”.

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