Why do women shave their armpits?
Most people would say that it is gross for women not to shave their armpits. But why is that? It was not always like this, so what happened? Why do women shave?
Take a close look at the differences between what guys wear and girls wear. A quick search for ”women fashion” and I found this picture at the top:
and then a quick search for ”men fashion” and I found this:
Now you might have noticed something. The girl is wearing a sleveless dress which exposes her armpits in contrast to the man who is wearing a shirt with sleves. So when did women start shaving their armpits?
So when did this happen? Well, take a look at a dress from 1910 (searched for ”1910 dress”):
and then at a 1920 dress (searched for ”1920 dress”):
Noticing something? The 1920 dress doesn't have sleves while the other one has, around 1920 the sleveless dresses came and with them they brought the shaving of the armpits. Also, fashion magazines told women to shave their armpits if they were to wear the sleveless dresses so it caught on very quickly and this could be why guys wearing tank tops don't shave (some do but whatever) as no one has told them to shave if they want to wear them.
I would say that nowadays it is a mix between society expecting them to shave and them still wearing sleveless dresses and shirts.