A 29-year-old woman has shared how her best friend suddenly stopped talking to her after she told her to shave so she could find a boyfriend.
Posting on Reddit, she said that her friend Emily, 32, had stopped shaving years ago, resulting in overgrowth of ‘very long dark hair’ across her legs, private area, and armpits.
While they were having a conversation, Emily revealed how she was left feeling ‘sad’ as men she dated rarely requested a second one.
“My friend, let’s call her Emily is an amazing person. She’s fun, adventurous, intelligent, super active, a fantastic cook, outgoing and just a great girl to be around,” she wrote.
“A few years ago she decided not to shave anymore (legs, armpits, female areas) out of protest to the patriarchy, resulting in her having very long dark hair everywhere.
“A few days ago, we were having a beer and she told me how sad her dating life was, that she kept meeting guys and having very fun dates but never got a call back. Or when she tried asking for a second or third date, got rejected in a very generic manner.”
The woman explained that she complimented her friend, telling her how wonderful and gorgeous she was and that she didn’t have to worry.
“I said something along the lines of ‘I know this is a very superficial thing to say, but do you think it might help a little if you would shave?’” she went on.
“She was very taken aback and told me she was disappointed I would suggest she change her appearance for men and that I was the reason so many women were suppressed.”
The woman quickly apologized but Emily has stopped talking to her.
Reddit users were quick to share their thoughts on the matter, with one person commenting: “She has the right not to shave, and the men she dates have the right to think it’s gross.
People are attracted to what they are attracted to.That’s just reality. If she wants a man who doesn’t mind that she doesn’t shave, that will be a much smaller percentage of the male dating pool and it will be more difficult for her to find a partner.
Another said: “Of course she is free to do whatever she wants with her body and they may not meet others preferences, which means they may not want to date her. This may mean they miss out on a great person for superficial reasons but that is a choice they are free to make.”
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