Ever consider wearing a merkin?
The American Apparel advertising campaign created quite the uproar with the use of these pubic hair wigs on their nude mannequins. The reality is, they have been around a very long time. During the 15th century having no hair was a sign you had been treated for syphilis or had pubic lice, hence the popularity of the merkin if you wanted to avoid scorn or a life unwanted celibacy.
Even though the pubic hair debate became popular and publicized over recent decades, the ebb and flow of the downstairs hair style has been ongoing for centuries.
Follow the fashion industry and the money and we will understand the trend that is influencing our decisions. I mean, we all want to be popular, hip and cool, right? It seems pubic hair matters!
Hair-free down below has been on the rise since the bikini became popular in the 60’s---well for women anyway. It was one thing for a man to have hair peaking out of his crotch in a mankini bottom, quite another for it to be sprouting out of a woman’s bottoms. (It's okay boys, we're used to the double standards.)
Personally, I am one of those heterosexual women who prefer body hair on men. I find it to be masculine and often adds a nice tactile sensation when we are body to body in our birthday suits. But there is a fine line between a manscaped dude and a jungle of hair that requires petting, brushing, furrowing, itching, gagging on and shower drain cleaning.
Pubic hair style is a preference and not a state mandate.
It speaks to our lifestyle and about who we are sexually, culturally and chronologically. For example, studies show that heterosexual women and men over 50 tend to be more on the furry side of the pubic hair debate. Although they haven’t gotten into the depth of hair celebration as much as the gay culture has with their Bear pageants!
Hair free is where the trend these days no matter how many articles or celebrities tell you pubic hair is making a comeback. We have so many pain free options to remove undesired hair today that go beyond the momentary sting of waxing. The poor Roman's used to use pumice stones---ouch! Just pop onto any Groupon or Living social page and we can see a plethora of "hair-free" laser removal deals.
When did this current hair-free trend start?
Playboy and Hustler, of course! When Hugh Hefner got more brazen and Larry Flynt launched Hustler, they started to expose even more of women’s private parts in their magazines. Pubic hairstyle came under even more debate and scrutiny: hair or bare?
Even though 1969 brought out the feminists and hairy hippies the momentum for hair was short lived. When these provactive magazines were “the word” of what was sexy and sexual for women, which of course translated into what was sexy and sexual for men, the au natural look was going to remain tucked away with the feminists, hippies and house wives.
Meanwhile, porn movies went from the stage and theaters onto our living room televisions and finally our laptops where we got an even closer look at our private parts! Now we could spend all our “free time” wondering how we could clear the forest on ourselves and our mates. “Sex and the City” closed the hair debate when they drove the hair free notion home internationally with the Brazilian styled wax job.
At the end of the day hair below is a personal preference. It is often thought that removing hair has better health benefits but this couldn't be more false. Studies show more health risks with removing it! Pubic hair acts as a protective barrier, not only to chaffing but also to potential STI’s and bacterial infections.
The choice is personal. Sexual expression, gender, sexual orientation, social conditioning, age and culture all play a role in the great pubic hair debate. Just keep in mind procedures like laser hair removal is permanent. If we tend to like the flexibility of changing our minds, this procedure may not be for you. And if there is buyer's remorse, there is always pubic hair transplant surgery. (Yes, its’ possible.)
Author: Heather Dawn
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