stop saying leg shaving is empowering because ‘you choose to do it’.
women don’t actually ‘choose’ to shave their legs, maybe you don’t MIND shaving your legs or you like having hairless legs, that’s fine, but you didn’t choose that because you were never given the choice of ‘shave or not shave’
you can’t really say you chose something when you were only given one option
Actually sometimes it is a choice. I’ve definitely gone in shorts and dresses and swimsuits without shaving my legs before and not given a single fuck. And sometimes I’ve done that and felt really self-conscious. But then again, sometimes I feel the same way about wearing short sleeves or having my hair done up or walking barefoot in public.
No, I’m not going to argue that there isn’t pressure sometimes to shave your legs, and I’m not going to say that that isn’t a significant part SOMETIMES of whether or not to shave, but arguing that shaving is not a choice that you decide to make because society’s gender standards approve of it is the same as saying that showing cleavage or wearing short skirts and heels isn’t a choice because it also conforms to society’s gender standards.
So don’t you dare tell me what is or is not my choice. And, yes, when you use words like “always”, “never”, “everyone”, or “women” in such a way that it is an absolute, you are telling me directly that you are speaking for me, as part of that group.
And how, exactly, is “you like having hairless legs” indicative of how you are being forced to shave? If I didn’t like having hairless legs I wouldn’t bother. Sometimes I don’t, sometimes I do. Sometimes I go along with society’s expectations for my gender because they happen to align with my particular life decisions, and you can’t say that I was “forced” to do it.
I really don’t see how I was only given one option here. And I really don’t see why a significant segment agreeing that they enjoy something, regardless of whether or not men or society approve of it, means that we lack the ability to decide for ourselves. “Feminine” and the things often associated with it in modern western society does not mean weak. Women who don’t shave their legs are not the only ones to have made a choice.