This article was originally written for self. It has been given minor edits before re-posting. When you think about it, pubic hair is one of those things that unites all of humanity. No matter who someone is or where they come from, chances are they have pubic hair after they reach a certain age. Or at least that they did until they jumped on the hair-removal bandwagon. But why does pubic hair exist in the first place? Below, the results of another vagina-focused SELF.
'I trimmed my 11-year-old's daughter's pubic hair - don't judge me'
Here's What 1, College Students Said About Their Pubic Hair
Last week, we talked about your hymen and virginity. According to several studies over the last few years, women under the age of 30 are more likely to remove all their pubic hair than older women. Rumor has it that big sis Kim Kardashian took Kendall and Kylie for their first bikini waxes when they were 14 and 12, respectively. What the heck is going on here? Melanie Davis, PhD, a certified sexuality educator, traces this trend of hairlessness to three things: Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City era, not The Carrie Diaries , more revealing clothes and swimsuits, and porn. Carrie famously described her Brazilian wax in positive terms in an episode way back in , and is widely credited with kicking off the craze of removing the hair from every little nook and cranny. But teens and somethings all grew up being exposed to these bare bodies, which produced a certain expectation when it comes to how female genitals should look.
Here's What 1,100 College Students Said About Their Pubic Hair
Admittedly, I was one of those who were taught to be ashamed of my body—between the modesty of my parents to the unmerciful teasing in the lockerroom during gym class, I get it. As a nudist, I eventually learned to be more accepting of myself, flab and all. Every body is beautiful , so there is no reason any more to be shy about ourselves. So what if you are scrawney, or chubby, or hairy, or hairless? So what if your genitals are larger or smaller that the person next to you?
We have some great advice on shaving pubic hair for girls. A lot of teenagers think that shaving their bikini area is the same as taking the razor to their legs or underarms. But since this is a delicate zone with thicker hair, it needs special attention to avoid painful or ugly side effects the razor can bring.