Why women feel pressured to shave

Type “When did women start…” into Google and one of the top autocomplete suggestions to pop up is, “When did women start shaving?”The answer goes back centuries. Hair removal — or otherwise — has long shaped gender dynamics, served as a signifier of class and defined notions of femininity and the “ideal body.”However, in its most recent evolution, body hair is being embraced by a growing number of young women who are turning a source of societal shame and turning it into a sign of personal strength.

By Marianna Cerini, CNN

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