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May. 1st, 2014

09:23 am - Another milestone

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Today is my birthday. I am 44. I am not geeky enough to have worked out how many kilometres this means I have travelled while clinging to a chunk of rock that's floating on a ball of molten lava hurtling through space at thousands of miles an hour, but it's probably quite a lot. Feels like an achievement.

Speaking of achievements, early in the new year I was observing my friend's legs. They're nice legs, you'd totally observe them too! Anyway, she has lovely leg hair - it's dark and lays flat against her skin, and its growth curves in such a way as to enhance the shape of her muscles. I was admiring this and decided I'd have a go at growing some myself. I've no idea what my leg hair looks like because I've been a shaver since I was 12*.

When I made this decision, I figured I'd give it 4 months, leg hair being somewhat slow-growing, and take a photo on my birthday of what I'd achieved.



*ahem*

So there you go - turns out the powers of hair growth are not strong with this one. I was envisioning something like my friend's, instead I get bum fluff in the same colour as my pubes. I guess that's to be expected when you think about it... but there's nothing shapely about this hair - it sticks out randomly rather than laying flat, is in patches instead of a flattering pattern, and while it does keep my legs a bit warmer, it's not enough to not need stockings under a skirt by May 1st.

Now I'm trying to decide whether to keep it or not. Honestly, I can't see much reason to. I guess I'd be standing in solidarity with the hairy-legged variety of feminism*, and it makes my showers about 30 seconds quicker.. but that's about it. On the other hand, the only reason I can think of for shaving is how nice it feels to rub freshly-shaved legs on, well, anything. But IMO that's a pretty good reason.

So off it comes! Yep.


For my birthday, one of my presents was The Ultimate Kayak Fishing Guide. In it there is a section called Think Like A Fish.

Dr Wheel *thinking like a fish*: "Where'd the water go? Can't.Breathe...."
Me: *flaps flippers alluringly*
Dr Wheel: *blows load on pile of eggs and swims away*
Both of us: Yeah nah, thinking like a fish, not that much fun, eh?

*ahem*

* It wasn't any kind of a thing about being more feminine or anything, it was just what 12 year old girls did to feel more grown up. And it's so quick and easy that I never found it to be a hassle to keep doing, so I did it. Personally, I think choosing whether or not you want to have leg hair is more of a feminist act than shaving or not shaving, and anyone who judges other women's level of feminism based on whether or not they have leg hair is probably missing something important.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:April 30th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!!!
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From:eska_rina
Date:April 30th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
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happy birthday :)
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From:pombagira
Date:April 30th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
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wheee Happy Birthday here to..

*dances about*
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 30th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Only 44? Gee you young thing you...

Anyway, may your days continue to ones of wonder and joy with a leavening sprinkling of other sorts for good measure...

says he with 25,562 days experience
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From:fbhjr
Date:April 30th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

I do work out those km things. So, if you want to know, let me know...
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:April 30th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

It's always interesting to see what your body can do :-)
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From:pickleboot
Date:April 30th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
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happy birthday!

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From:raincitygirl
Date:May 1st, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!!!!!!!!
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From:wildilocks
Date:May 1st, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
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I think I shaved my legs about half a dozen times in my teens before I got tired of a) caving to peer pressure b) the amount of cuts I'd manage to make (owww) and c) the rather unpleasant feel of the stubbley regrowth.

Tried other methods a few times here and there. Nair was just gross. Waxing too messy and painful at home, or too expensive at a beauty salon. I was too scared to try one of those plucking machines after horror stories from friends.

Then I had one relatively earlyish boyfriend express with surprise and delight, running his hands up my legs for the first time, how amazingly smooth they were (when they hadn't been depilated by any means in well over a year). Seems he'd never touched legs which hadn't been regularly shaved before, and always had too much stubble present on them to really enjoy the experience.

That pretty much clinched it. Haven't attempted any depilatory behaviour on my legs since.

Ftr, I do shave my underarms. I didn't when I was a hippie, but I think it's difficult wearing some gothier outfits with armpit hair. I feel cleaner with pruned pits =)



ps. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 1st, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
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I've never been able to figure out why my leg hair is SO DARK. It grows to be nearly two inches long, it's super dark even though the rest of my hair is lightish, and there's a ton of it. My legs are far hairier than my husband's. It's getting close to shaving time, and it will either take me two hours or I'll have to do it in increments. Not looking forward to it. :(
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From:tyellas
Date:May 1st, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

Now I'm picturing ways to grow lush, silky leg hair.
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From:malchienne
Date:May 1st, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
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happy birthday. nice gams.
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From:nick_101
Date:May 1st, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!
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From:meathiel
Date:May 1st, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
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My leg hair is very light ... you can hardly see it ... and I have to admit I'm too lazy to shave at least in winter. ;-) (I did shave it last Saturday, though, first time I wore a skirt without pantyhose this spring!)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:May 1st, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I hate wearing tights with leg hair. It matts it down in the wrong direction and is uncomfortable.
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From:blur_kiwi
Date:May 1st, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Being northern hemisphere and a long way west, and therefore significantly behind the proper start of the day, your birthday is almost over when I kick into gear. Anyway, Happy Birthday, hope it was a good one. :)
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From:m_danson
Date:May 1st, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!
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From:c_maxx
Date:May 1st, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday and congradulations, new university graduate!
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:May 1st, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
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A belated Happy Birthday! (Well, it's still your birthday here, but probably not there!)

I've shaved my legs since my teens and have no plans to stop. I hate the feel of things rubbing against leg hair and I wear sheer stockings at work so those don't look, or feel, nice with hairy legs!
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From:morbid_curious
Date:May 1st, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
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All the best for you, now and in the year ahead :-)

(And yes, you are both silly and it is entirely adorkable!)
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From:girlguitarist
Date:May 1st, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

My leg hair growth is a lot like yours (probably because I went straight to sugaring before shaving as a teen). Very patchy and thin. I do appreciate that though, it means I only have to shave a couple times a year despite my hair being so dark :)
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From:fengi
Date:May 1st, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!
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From:adam_0oo
Date:May 1st, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 2nd, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

Also, Dr Wheel is clearly not a stickleback.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:May 2nd, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
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sillier is always a great way to go!! i hope your day/weekend are beyond excellent in every way :-D

thinking like a fish sounds silly... not enough sex in fishville, really.
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From:perseph12
Date:May 2nd, 2014 09:16 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, Darling Dear :)! You make 44 look damn good! You work that leg hair; embrace your natural self, as it's *gorgeous.*
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From:meri_sielu
Date:May 3rd, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
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I hardly ever shave my legs, I just never remember too! But my hair is so light anyway that you don't really see it and I hardly ever bear my legs to the world anyway. I think I might shave my legs three or four times a year lol.
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From:tedwords
Date:May 4th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing your leg hair :)
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