Hairy Legs and Relationship Woes

12 Oct

Maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s my boyfriend. Maybe it’s my temporary leg hair. Could be my PMS. I don’t know. Whatever it is – relationship doubts are upon me tonight.

It’s tough dating after 30. I’m well aware that things are all sliding downhill. Every passing day is another one closer to additional gray hairs, well defined wrinkles and increasingly flaccid body parts. Each fleeting 24-hour period serves as a crude reminder that a) I’m not getting any younger, b) Meeting men becomes harder with age and c) I’m not married. There’s no marriage in sight. The risk of dying alone in an apartment full of mangy dogs keeps escalating. It’s absolutely fabulous.

Back to how hairy legs wrecked my night. A few weeks ago, I somehow contracted folliculitis – perhaps from touching gym equipment at Urban Active or soaking in the pool at our Vegas hotel. I don’t know, but it’s not very sexy. While on antibiotics, I’m forbidden to shave. Doctor’s orders. No razors for 7 days. Period.

My boyfriend travels for work M-F (and it certainly blows) and returned home for a whole whopping hour this evening before trekking off to Pittsburgh for the night. En route to Cleveland, he sent me a text about how he couldn’t wait to get it on when he arrived.

“Just to warn you – I’m furry.” I responded. (I’m honest, what can I say?

“How furry?”

“Four days furry. I can’t help it. The doctor said I can’t shave, remember? But I’m ok with it if you are (insert smiley face)”


He promptly changed the subject and made no move whatsoever during his hour or two back in Cleveland. I stopped over. He ironed a few shirts. We sipped coffee.  That was that.

The skin infection I’ve sported for the past two weeks never stopped him, but leg & crotch stubble is taking it way too far?  Was I so wrong to assume we were comfortable enough in our relationship that 3.5 days sans razor was no big deal?  I thought we were well beyond this. It worries me that we aren’t.

Hairy legs, hairy armpits and hairy vaginas are slightly unappetizing… I get it. Come Monday, my body hair and (hopefully) pimply looking skin infection will be a thing of the past. My uncertainty… well that’s another story.

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6 Responses to “Hairy Legs and Relationship Woes”

  1. Andy Shaw October 12, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    I’m sure it will all work out…

    • Summer October 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      Not entirely sure…..

  2. therecyclingethic October 13, 2012 at 12:02 am #


  3. DixieCJ November 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Hmmm… My opinion: That’s retarded. Granted I still don’t have a boyfriend, but his complete hair-phobia would be a total red flag for me. Mostly because I’m feminist enough to not feel like keeping shaved is an obligation. Second, I have NEVER been with a guy who, when I told him it had been a while since the last shave, declined getting it on. “I don’t care,” has always been the response. Even if I wasn’t comfortable, even if I was embarrassed, dude always made me feel wanted and even sometimes pretty.

    I mean, if he can’t handle a little doctor-ordered stubble, how is he going to act if you come down with some nasty respiratory flu and need someone to take care of your grimy, unshowered, hairy self? I understand a man enjoying a well-groomed female, but this seems a little extreme.

    Glad you’re writing again! I have a serious block now since I killed my beloved blog.

    • Summer November 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      Later on, he insisted it was because he was exhausted and have didn’t have much time before he had to leave… Who knows. Regardless, it didn’t make me feel wanted or pretty at that moment. A little hair shouldn’t matter. I wouldn’t be turned off if he couldn’t shave his pubes for whatever reason. I’d probably tease him a little (in good fun), but it certainly wouldn’t impact my libido. I take it as an indication of deeper problems in the relationship.

      And you should write again – just do it anonymously! But send me the site if you do.

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