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Why Do (Some) Women Shave?

Hair grows on the average woman's head, armpits, brow, arms, legs, and pubic area. But, if aliens came to America, they'd probably have no idea — except for the head, of course.

Many women today feel the pressure (or preference) to be hairless, and society's dedication to this was evident on Sunday night when some seemed shocked by Mo'Nique's decision to expose her hairy legs. I'll admit I did a double take, but back in 2006 Mo'Nique herself explained why it's no big deal that she doesn't shave, saying: "I must show America what a real leg looks like ... because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby." All this made me wonder: how did we go from naturally hairy to self-consciously hairless? I looked into it and put together this quiz. See what you know about the evolution of hair on women.

Why Do (Some) Women Shave?

When did leg shaving become popular in America?

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