Pubic hair seems to be a taboo topic, rarely talked about and when it is there is an uneasy stigma attached to it. Why? It is a natural part of our makeup as people. There is more attention focused on women and pubic hair. Women, mostly young girls in their twenties spend lots of money on Brazilian waxes, to combat the growing of their pubic hair. I can’t help but wonder what the driving force behind this action is. Is it the woman really wanting to eliminate the hair or is it the opinion of men, the fear of men speaking negatively about her public hair or even going as far as rejecting her or sexual relations with her because of it? I find it shocking that women endure the pain of upwards to 130 degree wax being poured on their vagina and hair being ripped from the follicle. I cannot fathom the idea of becoming accustomed to such a practice out of fear of what the opposite sex thinks, especially when men do not take part in such practices.

University of Michigan finance student Bob Fitzpatrick, who told the Atlantic Magazine he’s more likely to perform oral sex on a female partner if she has no pubic hair. “If she’s seeking for you to pleasure her and you have pubic hairs in your mouth, you’re not going to be pleased with that,” the 21-year-old says. Some men openly profess that they have a problem with public hair and even go as far as sharing that they feel disgusted by it. Statements similar to the previous one may pressure young women to alter the private area of their body, because they begin to feel ashamed of it. Maybe men unfairly perpetuate the practice of waxing or perhaps women get waxed because it is something they want to do and it makes them feel sexy rather than because it’s something other women do and that men consider it an essential part of sex appeal.

-Nikia Pope

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