Dave van Patten

Men Can’t Agree on How to Groom Their Pubes
Why we tried — and failed — to write a trend piece about male pubic hair

Despite an abundance of trend pieces heralding the return of the bush, a groundbreaking study this past June revealed that women of all ages prefer to go bare. A poll of 3,316 women by a medical journal called JAMA Dermatology found that 48 percent groomed their pubic area on a weekly or monthly basis, while 5 percent reported shaving daily. Sixty-two percent had completely shaved their vulvas at least once in their lifetime.

Dave van Patten

Few topics are as fun and fraught as pubic hair; seemingly superfluous, it easily lends itself to bucolic analogies featuring bushes, crops, thickets and forests. Maybe that’s why so many writers have wanted to believe women were letting their hair grow out: Rainforests are more fun to describe than deserts. (And, to be fair, the narrative of resistance against infantilizing and heavily pornified beauty standards is also appealing.) But, as any social scientist will tell you, the mere existence of one actress’s unshaven hoo-ha does not an overarching thesis make. The JAMA Dermatology study, rigorous in its execution, has effectively blown the female pubic hair trend piece to smithereens. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: Mel Magazine

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