Ten years ago shaving “down there” was pretty uncommon and almost taboo. Today, if you go au naturale, it’s like you’re committing a horrible crime against humanity. So what happened to the all the hair?
Playboy definitely played a part. A few years ago, the magazine traded the “furkini”, as Hugh Hefner’s number one girlfriend Holly calls it, for the landing strip. Girls and guys took note, and soon the gals that actually looked at Playboy mags started to imitate the look; guys starting encouraging their girlfriends who hadn’t found their secret stash to start following suit, and the furkini was no more. Holly definitely is on a crusade against it, making fun of older Playboy pictures and having any of the photos that adorn the Playboy mansion walls that portray the hairier days taken down and replaced with the modern look.
In Islamic societies, the practice of removing pubic hair has been going on for centuries. They do it for religious purposes, and see it as “unclean.”
Fashion is another reason why the practice has probably became so popular. There are just some things a woman can’t wear with a full bush going on down there. Tight, thin, see-through skirts would poof out, and the same goes for bikini bottoms. And of course the bikini line has to be shaved, because that would look just plain scary. If you’re into wearing thongs, well, that’s a whole different ball of wax.
And there’s the thought that it makes sex more pleasurable and oral sex a little easier on your partner. Who wants their partner stopping to pull a hair out of their mouth? (Sorry, bad visual.)
Maybe it’s just to further extenuate the difference between male and female, since men don’t normally shave (at least not completely) down there.
Or, and this thought is a little disturbing, maybe it’s due to an obsession with youth. Maybe women are trying to look a little too young down there, and men are enjoying it a little too much. If you’re going to do it, at least leave a strip, because the whole looking like a little girl thing is just creepy.
So why do we have it? Some believe that it’s to trap pheromones, the scents that make others sexually attracted to us. (Armpit hair is supposed to act the same way.) Now women are so concerned with hiding these scents, however, trying to cover up feminine odor anyway possible. We think it’s making us more attractive, but it may be doing the opposite!
Others think it’s there to prevent bacteria and dust from entering the vagina and causing infection, or that it’s there to simply attract more attention to that area of our bodies.
Whatever it’s reason, it’s nothing to be ashamed off, and trying to get rid of it can be dangerous and costly. I mean, really, holding a razor down there just seems stupid, and waxing is incredibly painful. If you go get it done at a salon, you’ll end up paying about $100.00 a month to keep it up.
So bring back the furkini! Maybe one day Playboy will revert to the old style once the whole landing strip craze has run its course. 80’s fashion is supposed to be making a comeback, after all. Women have enough to worry about without having to “keep the grass mowed”, so to speak.