Women And Body Hair
I recently came across some older research that you might find interesting – I did. Researchers (S. Basow and A. Braman in Psych. of Women Quarterly V 22#4, 1998) studied the reactions of college age men and women to videos showing a 22 year old actress at a pool, exiting the water and drying off with a towel. In one video, she had 2 months of hair growth under her arms and on her legs. In the other – identical – video, she was clean shaven.
Every one of the 195 participants noticed the underarm hair and 86% noticed the leg hair.
So, what did participants attribute to the model WITH HAIR? They said that she was:
1. Less sexually attractive
2. Less qualified interpersonally
3. Less intelligent
4. Less social
5. Less physically attractive ( but not by much)
6. Less happy
7. Less positive
That’s a lot of attribution to underarm and leg hair!!!! Participants who said they were feminists were a little bit more lenient. This seemed to me to be quite dated – not that people like underarm hair these days; just that fewer women are making that sort of statement. But, hair remains an issue. On April 10, A new poll released by Oxygen Media (questionable, I know) suggests that today’s singles are tolerant of everything but stinky men and mustachioed women.
Read my mystery novel, Object of Obsession. I don’t mention underarm hair at all.