Pits: A Brief History

6 Jan



I haven’t been able to sleep for the past few days.  Not sure why really.  No, I won’t take Ambien.  Not anymore.  Not after that unfortunate experience that wound up on video-tape.  Anyway, last night as I lay there staring at the wall, the thought came to me:

“When did women start shaving their pits?”

For some reason I was thinking about colonial women.  Which is what led to the pit question.  Usually these middle-of-the-night musings are forgotten by dawn.  But not today.  So I’m sharing the info with you…because I’m fairly certain it’s a question that WANTS to be answered by some of you out there.

I heard a rumor that back in 4000 B.C., women were using dangerous substances like arsenic and quicklime to get the job done. I just wish there was more solid information on what led to the desire to shave the pits at all.  There had to be an initial conversation that led to all of this.  THAT is what I wish I was privy to.  Instead, I was forced to learn that in May of 1915,  Harper’s Bazaar informed us that if we wanted to wear the fashionable sleeveless dress, then we’d better rid ourselves of any objectionable hair.  

It’s apparent that not all individuals subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar.  And that’s fine.  I ain’t mad atcha.

Educate yourself, people.  Underarm Hair.


4 Responses to “Pits: A Brief History”

  1. Michael Cargill January 6, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    I’ve got an odd kind of lump in my left armpit, which would make shaving it rather tricky and annoying.


  2. thesilentsoul January 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Love this! It’s exactly the sort of thing I ponder over when I can’t sleep too!


  3. gingerfightback January 7, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    A question to ponder over my morning toast….


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