tomorrow's my first hairy pit monthiversary. it's my second time trying to grow them out so this is the farthest i've ever gotten and i feel really proud but i honestly think watching your tumblr has given me so much confidence to actually go ahead with it. so many strong, beautiful hairy women! thank you!
Regarding the others-noticing-or-commenting-on-your-armpit-hair question...luckily/unluckily depending on which way you look at it (or depending on if I'm in a shavey mindset or unshavey mindset) I have VERY blonde body hair so it takes months before anyone besides me and the boyfriend notice. I don't really go around shoving my armpits in people's faces except for the boyfriend and possibly girls in my ballet class. Even when I had noticeable armpit hair ~3-4 years ago I don't recall anyone saying anything, but if they did I'd probably just be blunt about it and say I like armpit hair.
i havent shaved my pits for about 6 months and theyre preeeettttttyy long. all my friends really support me and love to see it. thats the only time i show it off to people. im not trying to rub it in peoples face or make a statement. its just how i like my body to look and feel. many people have asked to see them and think that its pretty cool that i dont shave. ive been asked tons and tons of questions about what i do for deodorant, whether i get bo easier, etc. i love to answer any questions bc im really proud of my pits! although i have received my fair share of dirty looks at the beach and in the locker room.... its just personal preference. some people hate body hair. i happen to love mine and all others! i think its really attractive and naturally beautiful.
I live in SF, so most of the time my fuzzy legs and pits are all bundled up, but when I do get to rock tank tops, cutoffs or skirts, I don't really think about it. Most people who notice and actually say something to me are pretty positive and curious about it, ask me why I choose not to shave, etc. The only time I have literally had my pits in someone's face is when the muni is super crowded and I have to put my arms up to hold on. I've had a few people try to inch away from me like I'm hacking up flu germs all over them. No, my armpit hair doesn't give me magical transportation powers, I have to take the bus too, guys.
in response to the recent question, i don't put my pits in other peoples' faces or anything, but i definitely don't shy away from raising my arms normally or whatever. (i haven't shaved my legs in 3 years and it's pretty blonde, so i usually completely forget about it.) i just started teaching this semester - women's studies - and totally rocked a tanktop on the first day just to get reactions :) i had an awesome/productive discussion with my students about it, and they've been really great.
I'd like to know how my fellow sisters handle the "outside world." Like, I gladly tell anyone that asks that I don't shave, and If someone sees my hairy pits or legs, they see it. But at the same time, I'm not purposely flashing my armpits at anyone. I'm not ashamed! But I also don't want people who shave putting their pits all in my face either, you know?