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Shaving: Women

Americans have a deep, totally inflexible cultural bias against body hair among women.

American women go to much effort to have smooth, hairless legs in particular. They use shaving devices made especially for women, self-applied depilatory creams, or undergo procedures such as waxing in order to remove the hair. American women (but not men) also shave their armpits regularly.

If an American woman has “problem” hair on any other part of her body, such as the upper lip, she may undergo electrolysis, a procedure that uses electrical pulses to remove body hair on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Laser hair removal is another popular procedure for the same purpose.

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