Originally Posted by calimari
From my memory, it was an issue in 6th grade. I was the youngest in my class, so I was 10. I remember the teacher letting the boys outside and then telling the girls that, from her perspective, it was not pleasant to see the girls raise their hands in class and she's get a view of all this armpit hair (our uniform shirts were short sleeved & she could see right up them). She told all of us to go home & tell our parents that it was time to start shaving, and wearing deodorant as well. We got the same lecture in dance class around that time as well.
Wow, I can't imagine a teacher saying that to a group of kids. I think today she would be fired.
I remember being allowed to shave under my arms the summer before sixth grade, so I was about 9 1/2. I remember at the end of sixth grade going on a class camping trip and we all showered together and all the girls had at least a small amount of pubic hair, if not a lot. My best friend and I had thought about shaving ours off before the trip, thinking â€œitâ€ was only growing on us. We were shocked that everyone else had it too.