Why Kesh?!

  Why do Sikhs keep long, un-cut hair? Seriously, give me a good reason! What’s the point of my kesh? Kesh, or uncut hair, is considered to be an essential part of Sikhi. Yet, no one has given me a convincing answer as to why it is essential or why the Gurus commanded Sikhs to keep long hair. Throughout…

Part 2: Why do women shave?

Part 2: Why do women shave? Apart from the massive marketing camping to persuade women to shave, as mentioned in Part 1 A History of Shaving, there are a few other reasons women might choose to shave. Coupled with advertising, peer pressure often forces women into shaving. Dr Tony Carr, head of clinical psychology at the University…

Part 3: Why Do Some Women NOT Shave?

Part 3: Why Do Some Women NOT Shave? There are many reasons a woman may chose not to shave. I have highlighted a few non-religious reasons that women cite as their reasoning behind not shaving. 1. It Saves Money! According to one study, shaving your legs 156 days out of the year costs an average of $250 per…

Part 4: Shaving & Sikhi

Part 4: Shaving & Sikhi Double standards: I am disappointed that there is more pressure for Singhs not to shave and keep beards but it doesn’t matter if a Kaur shaves her legs. I met a Sikh family which had a teenage son and daughter. The parents praised their son for his turban and beard but scolded…

Part 5: Razor Free Inspiration

Part 5: Razor Free Inspiration I know some Kaurs don’t feel comfortable exposing their legs or arms in fear of ridicule. I felt like I was the only girl in the US who didn’t shave when I was growing up. Only recently have a I found out that there are many women, Kaurs and other…

Part 6: Hairy Celebrities

Part 6: Hairy Celebrities Believe it or not, even celebrities go au-natural. Sometimes it’s cool to see that even though they are in the spotlight all the time, constantly have photos taken, and need to dress up for events…that even they have the strength to go against the grain. See Kaurs! We’re not alone! We should be…

Part 7: Revisiting Shaving Questions

Part 7: Revisiting Shaving Questions In Part 2 I listed some common reasons as to why Sikh girls choose to shave. I thought I would come back to them and try to give my opinions regarding each point.  Sikh girls! Why do you shave? 1. It’s gross not to:  We have been socially conditioned to…

Part 8: Shaving & Body Image

Femininity and Domination by Sandra Bartky In her book Femininity and Domination, Sandra Bartky uses Marx’s theory of alienation to explain the objectification that results from women’s preoccupation with their appearance. A feature of Marx’s theory of alienation is thefragmentation of the human person, this ‘splintering of human nature into a number of misbegotten parts’.  Bartky believes that…

Part 9: Final Words on Shaving

Part 9: Final Words on Shaving I want to make it clear that I am not hating on women who shave. I am just providing an alternative viewpoint for Kaurs to hear. There is so much media promoting shaving that I wanted to push back a little bit. To shave or not to shave is…