underarm hair on women

Todays column: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_012.html

layed the blame on advertising for womens leg and underarm shaving. I had heard that this practice started in the old west amongst prostitutes to give a lice free impression. Has anyone else heard this or is it just some crap someone told me?

crap someone told you. :slight_smile:

Women distribute their pheromones from the scalp, so long swishy head hair helps with that. Men use their armpits. So women don’t need armpit hair.

The practice of hair removal is limited to English-speaking Americans and Brits?!? Somebody had better call Brazil, I don’t think they know. . .