Re: Women's Shaving

Ania Lian (ania@LINGUA.CLTR.UQ.OZ.AU)
Fri, 21 Oct 1994 15:48:38 +1000

On Wed, 19 Oct 1994, Roy Iutzi-Mitchell wrote:

> Could members of the Anthro-L please provide me with further
> information? I would be interested in references to publications and
> "grey-literature" which discusses women's shaving.

being a committed budybuilding trainee I alsdo get to read some of their
magazines. Somewhere there I read that shaving sttarted in about 1920s
with some models (actors) advertising shaven armpits for shaving
companies to sell Gillettes not just to half of the woorld' s population
but to the lot.

> Further, if those
> of you with experience outside of the "generic" Euro-American and
> Euro-Canadian areas could inform me about women's shaving customs
> which you are familiar with, I would appreciate it. I would invite you
> to reply directly to me by e-mail; if there is much interest, I will
> summarize and post to this list. Thank you. --roy--

I met some Egyptian women and they told me that they run a cotton thread
on their skin, including the face asd their bodies are not allowed to
have any hair whatsoever. They spin/roll the thread and then let it go thus
the spining thread pulls all the hair out. They do keep their head hair....
These women belonged to a wealthy strata of Egyptian society