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Do You Go Hairless?

Hair down there might be going the way of female armpit hair. Among women 18 to 24 years old, 58 percent report going completely hairless some of the time, offering evidence that pubic hair is increasingly considered unsightly or "gross," just like all other body hair on a woman.

This week, Psychology Today examined how the Brazilian wax trend impacts sexuality. The article accepts that each generation produces its own trends (with the help of the porn industry), but also wonders if the new expectation makes young women feel obliged to wax and shave. The whole process is timely, costly, and painful, and it's troubling to think that women must alter their bodies just to please their partners' aesthetic preferences. But there's another side of the debate. One study found that women who wax report more sexual satisfaction and better "genital self-image." Couldn't that confidence come from knowing you're meeting the expectation?

Perhaps the key is groom yourself according to your own preference, not someone else's. What's yours?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
The prepubescent quote from Californication was a joke :P Every time the topic comes up, I think of that quote. A Man's Prospective: You should educate yourself before talking about health related issues.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Alien knee cap and snatch, wow, the anons are worse than usual this time around. I shave most of it but still leave a landing strip, mostly because I have real sensitive skin and the hair in my landing-strip area is more course than the hair along my bikini-line/labia. I went hairless for a while, but it just irritated my skin too much to shave it all off. It's much more smooth, and I think I still look like a full grown woman without hair. And I definitely shave it for me. Even when I'm single, I shave at least once a week, though obviously when I'm with someone I shave 2-3 times a week. It just makes me feel sexier. I tried growing it back this winter, I've been clean shaven for almost 10 years and I just wondered what it was like. And it was awful! It itched and I'm not even going to get into what it looked like... I grew it for three weeks before I had to get rid of it, though I appreciate my clean-shaven smoothness much more now that I know the alternative.
Jake2010 Jake2010 6 years
I love the hairless look and feel... definitely makes spending time there with my mouth much more fun... the ability to travel all over uninhibited drives me crazy and in turn drives my partner crazy... that's the best part :) There is no greater satisfaction as a lover than to consistently provide mind-blowing orgasms to the one you're with.... I know it's hard, tedious, and at times painful, but you just can't beat it.. that's just the plain truth... Just my 2 cents...
Sandle Sandle 6 years
Hey you, anonymous man perspective, I know plenty of quality men who have no problem using appropriate terminology to describe female anatomy, regardless of who they are around. But maybe I'm just used to men with a certain level of education and class.
turtleshell turtleshell 6 years
I like to keep it very very short or completely hair-free. It is a personal preference - my boyfriend once said he wouldn't care if I had a little more hair down there (not that he would prefer it) but also remarked that it would be a little less appealing to preform oral sex. I think that's fair enough. Ultimately, I care what MY preference is - and I think it looks nicer when I'm in a bikini or panties NOT to have hairs sticking out.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
I agree! It's a case of remembering where you are and the company you are with.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
The ony hair on my body is on my head! This has been the case for over 15 years. I don't do it for anyone else, I do it for me. I even had one lover who wanted me to grow my hair but sorry, this is how I come!. It feels cleaner and it increases sensitivity and that's enough reason for me. As for saying it looks "prepubescent", there is know way I look like a young girl downstairs, a developed woman is so different! i appearance. Also do we apply the same logic to armpits and legs? Do we say that men who shave their faces look like boys? While on the subject, I think there are many men who should pay more attention to their pubic grooming too.
AgainAnew AgainAnew 6 years
I don't get the no hair = trying to look prepubescent either. I shave it all because I hate the look of hair and I like being smooth - same as my armpits. I don't do it bc I think my man would be more turned on if I looked like an 11 year old. That's just weird.
Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
I keep the hair barely there. I like wearing bikinis and cute underwear and it's not attractive to see hair snaking out. I have been lazy and let it grow. I just feel cleaner and think the area looks better with a very close trim.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I leave a small landing strip. To go hairless is not for me.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
xxstardust - Vagina's come in many shapes and sizes. While I agree that hairless might look weird on someone with a "baby vagina" (that's what I call it to refer to an adult vagina that still resembles a baby/child) b/c it would then resemble a pre-pubescent vagina. However, I think hairless looks quite well on girls like myself who have larger labia minora, which does not look like a baby or child's vagina. I am hairless because it's my preference as well as my boyfriend's.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Lol tls. That's the word I was referring to also, yuck.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Seriously, please don't use the word "snatch" to refer to a vagina. It makes you sound like a tactless frat boy. Also, if I'm getting rid of it all (which I do), I want a hairless butt to grab. Just sayin'.
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