- Razor Rant
- August 2nd, 11:53
One unfortunate ‘side-effect’ of civilization is the unnecessary, exclusionary, egotistical and price-driven over-complication of things that used to be simple and straight-forward. Take men’s shaving for example; all you really need is a little soap and a single-blade razor. But there’s this personal grooming sub-culture that has garnered and encouraged the belief – and indeed encouraged the growth of a billion-dollar industry – that the simple act of shaving requires much more that these basic ingredients.
Now it’s necessary to have special pre-shave treatments, face-warming towels, luxurious skin-conditioning shave cream (dispensed piping-hot from its shaving cream warmer) and designer razors with motors and multiple blades to assure a shave as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Not to mention all the post-shave lotions and emollients to sooth the skin after the ‘trauma’ of shaving – which, of course, brings into question the true effectiveness of all those prior special treatments, fancy shaving creams and high-tech razors.
Shaving enthusiasts argue over the benefits and extol the virtues of their pet products, casting dismay upon the ignorant who dare to disagree with their more enlightened and well-informed viewpoint. Personally, I see shaving as a necessary chore to be done as quickly, efficiently - and cheaply - as possible. It’s not a luxurious, me-time self-pampering extravaganza in which to indulge extravagant amounts of time achieving shaving perfection which, no doubt, will ultimately go unnoticed and unappreciated by anybody else but myself. I’ve got better ways to spend my time and money.