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Hairy armpits on women still gets strong reaction

Talking about women's body hair is the pits. Or is it just a pity that we're actually still talking about women's body hair?

It's a pity we're talking about women's body hair

Singer Miley Cyrus, who's shown off her armpits on social media, at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio April 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Talking about women's body hair is the pits. Or is it just a pity that we're actually still talking about women's body hair?

One thing is sure, people appear to have strong opinions when it comes to what women should do with their armpits, on both sides of the gender divide.

CBC reporter Mary-Catherine McIntosh bravely hit the streets to hear them. 

Weighing in on hairy armpits for women 3:18

"It's disgusting," says one woman. 

"They should shave," according to one presumably clean-shaven man.

There's been a strong push against the practice of shaving women's armpits on social media as of late, with celebrities and average Janes alike posting photos of pits in all their hairy glory, some even dyed for added effect over at #dyedpits.

"I can't imagine shaving and upkeeping it constantly, dealing with stubble and razor burn and the rash and itchy, growing in and prickly," says one woman who's bucking the norm. 

"For me, having long hair is actually softer and it feels really nice. It feels better."

It appears to be a tough sell for many though.

"It's gross."

"But it doesn't have to be, I mean, you have hair on your head," says McIntosh.

"Yeah, but you wash the hair on your head and you take care of it."

A near impossibility for underarms, to be sure.

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