We have hair on our body for a reason. When you think about where you have the most hair, it makes sense as to why. Take, for example, pubic hair. Although it may not be the most attractive of hair clumps, it does serve a purpose. That purpose? A nice little cushion to protect against all that bumping and grinding, of course! But its purpose hasn't stopped people from removing it. In fact, ladies have been taking that stuff off for centuries.
As far back as 4000 to 3000 BC, according to some sources, women were shaving their pubic hair to keep things down there nice and clean, and free from lice. Other cultures and religions, often deeming a woman's vagina a dirty and unruly entity, consider the removal of pubic hair a necessary part of proper hygiene. However, in modern day times, where bathing and soap are pretty much standard in maintaining good hygiene, pubic hair removal, especially on women, has become more of an aesthetic thing. Whether it was the porn industry that started making a naked vulva all the rage or grooming a full bush just became a pain, for awhile, going bald eagle via the infamous Brazilian wax seemed to be the norm, but now things appear to be swinging back the other way.
A recent survey found that 51 percent of ladies are letting things go wild down there without any styling or grooming to be had. In addition to this fascinating news, according to women, 62 percent claim their partner loves a full bush. Hello? 1977? Is that you knocking at our door?
Celebrities are also going on record as praising keeping things intact and natural in the nether region. As Cameron Diaz wrote in The Body Book:
"Women undergoing laser hair removal on all of their lady bits. Personally, I think permanent laser hair removal sounds like a crazy idea. Also, let's be honest: just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?"
Food for thought, no?
If Diaz, along with Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Solange, just to name a few, are keeping their Downtown Browns, what about the rest of us? What are all us average ladies on the street doing, and what do the men in our lives thing about it?
It's about the hygiene.
"I'm completely bare, waxed. Never had a guy tell me he preferred it either way. I just like the feeling, plus it feels more hygienic," says Sarah, 32.
"I had Brazilian laser hair removal. I like not having all that hair down there as it feels cleaner that way," says Mieko, 36.
Just say "no" to full-on nakedness
"I shave along the bikini line and trim when necessary – frequency varies,” says Becky, 29.
"I'm a minimalist. Can’t do completely bare though,” says Tara, 30.
"I shave my bikini line, and keep the rest pretty short. It’s easier that way… sensitive skin,” says Chandra, 32.
Hair, hair, everywhere.
"I don't do anything to mine. If it weren't for society giving me shit I would literally never think about it. My man likes it because he was conceived in the seventies," says Jamie, 28.
And how do guys feel about women's pubic hair?
"There was a guy who basically insisted that waxing was the only way to go. I acquiesced but only if he paid for it (which he did). It never bothered me to do it if I didn't have to pay for it because I didn't care enough about how it looked (I don't really spend a lot of time looking at my lady cave.)
When [current fella] and I got together I was back to just trimming and he never said anything. When I was making beauty appointments for the wedding I asked if I should get a wax and he wrinkled his nose and said, 'Ouch. No. Do it if you want but don't do it for ME'," says Colleen, 29.
"If it [pubic hair] is too long, it feels like a scouring pad on the tongue. Keeping it on the short end works for me," says Aaron, 30.
"I prefer bald or very little hair. First, I like the way it looks, but mostly, I love to feel the softness of the skin without any hair," says Alexander, 27.
"I've never been with a woman who has much hair down there. I think because of that, I'm fascinated by the thought of being with a woman who has a crazy full bush. It might be hard to find things, but no guy in their right mind would complain about body hair when they have a chance to be intimate with one of the woman folk!" exclaims Damien, 31.
So, perhaps the rise in keeping things au naturel is only the celebrity world? Because based on the feedback we got, the majority of women are still doing something to their hair down there, and most men like that something that's being done.
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