It must be time for another post about pubic hair. My last post about the topic was a few years ago now and pubic hair is currently in the news with some Bristol University students talking about it in this video.
Why do women shave off all their pubic hair? A few of them admit they do it for men while others say it’s cleaner. It’s not actually any cleaner and is more likely to cause an infection than if it was left there in the first place. There are some other health risks documented here.
According to this study, 87% of women in the US admitted to removing at least some pubic hair and a majority of those – 60% – had experienced at least 1 health complication as a result. I’m not sure how much we can glean from that 87% because removing “at least some pubic hair” might refer just to a bikini line or trim with scissors which is quite different to shaving the whole thing off.
Why is this happening and why is it a problem? I think pornography is largely to blame. For many young men this is their sex education and they go through their teenage years thinking women are bare in that region. Teenage girls are impressionable and want boys to like them and so they diligently yield to this expectation. Aside from the health risks, it’s a problem because it’s expensive, time-consuming and unnecessary and yet we are creating this expectation that that’s how women look. Women don’t look like that. That’s how prepubescent girls ~ children ~ look. I don’t want my daughter to grow up thinking that’s what she has to do to have a relationship with a man.
For the record I never shave my pubic region – I have a full, womanly bush going on and have never had any complaints, infections, or diseases. The only thing I shave these days is my armpits and that’s to reduce armpit stink. I hardly ever shave my legs either – it helps living in a cold climate where I can wear tights 365 days a year.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with removing hair because someone wants to do it but I don’t think that’s what’s happening. No-one wants to spread their legs for a stranger in a salon while hairs are ripped out. You can’t convince me that they’re doing it out of a sincere personal preference. They’re doing it because society or maybe men are saying they need to do it.
Perhaps I’ll end with Henry Miller’s 1930s quote about a repulsive, hairless, twat. I put this in my last blog post about this but it’s worth repeating.
“The other night I took her on-out of pity-and what do you think the crazy bitch had done to herself? She had shaved it clean … not a speck of hair on it. Did you ever have a woman who shaved her twat? It’s repulsive, ain’t it? And it’s funny, too. Sort of mad like. It doesn’t look like a twat any more: it’s like a dead clam or something.” He describes to me how, his curiosity aroused, he got out of bed and searched for his flashlight. “I made her hold it open and I trained the flashlight on it. You should have seen me … it was comical. I got so worked up about it that I forgot all about her. I never in my life looked at a cunt so seriously.”