NYT has published an article about the trend of not showering. Proponents have many reasons for not showering: it saves money, it saves the environment, they like the natural oils of their body, they don’t feel like they need a daily shower. Some believe that deodorant causes cancer.
Allow me to put to rest all these ridiculous notions.
Your passing on a shower makes not one iota of difference in the environment. Not even half of an iota. It also probably doesn’t save money since if you keep showing up to work smelling like a zoo, you’re going to get fired. The natural oils of your body are waste products that need to be cleaned off. And deo does not cause cancer. It causes you to not be offensively smelly – so even if it did cause cancer (and it doesn’t) the risk is worth it.
You stink. If you shower less than seven times per week, you stink. If you don’t regularly wash your hair, you look oily and you stink. Some who don’t shower are under the mistaken impression that just because people don’t tell them they stink, they don’t. This is wrong. Most people will simply avoid the subject, and not say a word, even as you’re punishing their olfactory with your vile odor.
Not observing basic common hygiene is an anti-social act. I’m concerned that so many people are questioning this very basic cornerstone of decency. The world is offensive enough. Men who wear their pants hanging off their asses, people wearing flip-flops who have thick yellow nails and whose heels have never known the healing touch of loofa, women who wear half-shirts and are carrying enough exposed fat to be mistaken for a lifeboat.
Please, I beg you. Shower. Don’t make everybody else’s life more difficult just because you think you smell fine. Believe me, you don’t.