Should you shave your pubic hair? We have the answer

Female pubic hair is often considered as taboo, and society insists on showing us shaved pubes. However, it is there for a reason, and should not be removed for the wrong reasons.

Let’s talk stats

73% of people under the age of 25 practice full body hair removal. According to patriarchal society, pubic hair is taboo and should not exist. For centuries, pubic hair has been censored in all areas: art, advertising, films, etc. Mentalities are slowly starting to shift today, in part thanks to the body hair movement, which is gaining a lot of moment on social media.

Moreover, researcher Claire Simon said in an article in Slate:

Until the 19th century, there is almost no trace of hair representation, and it was strongly discouraged to draw it under penalty of censorship.

The world of pornography has not helped us get rid of the image of a hairless female pubis either. In the 1990s, the ‘smooth pubic area’ was in fashion because it met an ideal of perfection, according to the ethnologist Christian Bromberger.

As a result, most women have accepted, almost unconsciously, that they need to wax.

So why do women remove their pubic hair? They answered that in the vast majority of cases (65%) it was for personal comfort, followed by 56% who said it was for hygiene, and 41% for aesthetic reasons.

But before you go removing it, it's important to understand why women have pubic hair in the first place. Because yes, you may have guessed it, but pubic hair plays a very important function.

Pubic hair is a natural barrier

Pubic hair protects us from bacteria and microbes, it acts as a protection for the vaginal flora, but it also protects us from UV radiation, heat, cold, etc.

But pubic hair also protects us from the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When pubic hair is removed, micro-injuries can sometimes occur, and as we all know, blood promotes the transmission of infections.

So it's a good idea to always leave a little hair on. But your hair is your own, so if you want to remove all of it, feel free to do so.

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