Really interesting to see all of these points of view!
I started shaving my legs around 6th grade, because of social pressures - other girls were starting to shave, & it was the "society approved" thing to do.
I stopped shaving armpits & legs a couple of years ago (was always sporadic about legs, anyhow), & frankly, I have less
BO when I don't
shave. I do still shave my legs sometimes, but that's because my jeans wear the hair off in patches, & it looks funny (to me). I wear deodorant, paint my nails, have long hair, & don't wear make-up. For me personally, not shaving, despite social pressures, was a result of being more comfortable with myself as I am, as well as more physically comfortable not getting razor burns, cuts, or ingrown hairs (what can I say? I'm a klutz>)
I never heard
of shaving anywhere else
until I was almost 40, pregnant with my 1st child, & started hanging out on expectant mother boards. The only time I've ever had "hygiene" issues are postpartum, & I wasn't about to try to start shaving then!
The funny thing is, DH is the one that colors his hair (doesn't like grey) & shaves his back & chest (says the hair itches). Personally, I like how he looks with extra hair, but it's his body - & he doesn't care whether I shave or not, but when I told him about shaving anything other than armpits or legs, he thought it sounded peculiar.
I'm going to present shaving to my girls as a choice; but they can shave or not, as feels right to them.