In 2014 Cameron Diaz published The Body Book which repeats the lame argument that women’s pubic
hair somehow has an important health function. This chimed in with a series of
articles in women’s magazines proclaiming ‘the bush is back’ and that the
‘Brazilian’ and ‘Hollywood’ style of partial or total hair removal was a fad
that is passing. The latest is an article in the ultra-posh UK magazine The Tatler which proclaims the bush is
‘back in fashion’: the age profile of the magazine might be gleaned from an
accompanying article – “What to do when
your Beaver turns Grey” (the obvious conclusion – shave it off – is rejected)
There was no evidence for this trend being real, despite it
having been pushed for more than five years. The most
extensive research was done in 2010 by Indiana University
academics led by Debby Herbenick. They showed that most women up to the age of
50 opt for partial or total hair removal. Even for the 50+ age group, total pubic hair removal is given as 11%, and partial hair removal is
The latest report by the same team- on US university
students – is utterly astonishing, revealing that total pubic hair removal is the
dominant style among women students . The idea that it’s just something forced on women is outdated.
Fashion models and celebrities rock the Hollywood and Brazilian. (L to R) Cris Urena, Natasha Poly (2-3), Michelle Buswell, Lara Stone (5/6), Tuuli Shipster (7/8), Anja Rubik, Britney Spears, Catherine McNeil, Tyra Banks, Daisy Lowe, Kim Kardashian (14-15), Charlie le Mindu catwalk models (16-17), Missy Rayder, Sveta Utkina, Morgane Dubled, Loulou Robert and Zora Star.
Another fact gleaned from the statistics is that the number
of students reporting no pubic hair removal is much smaller than the number who
say they’re currently sexually inactive. People not having sex lately are also
tidying up down there.
Here are some of the amazing statistics (figures rounded to
nearest whole number) when students were asked about the last four weeks:
had no pubic hair: Women 50%, Men 19%
removed all pubic hair, but sometimes kept some: Women 26%, Men 22%
removed some pubic hair but not all of it, Men 24%, Women 15%
pubic hair but did not remove it: Women 6%, Men 22%
not remove any pubic hair: Women 4%, Men 13%
Among women therefore the number who had removed all their
pubic hair at least once in the last four weeks was 76%. Another 21% had
removed some hair or otherwise tidied up down there, but 4% had kept an intact
bush. Only a small number of all-hair Hollywood removers had done it just once:
44% had removed everything six or more times, about 28% 11 times or more
Among men 41% had removed all their pubic hair in the
previous four weeks, another 45% had removed some of it or trimmed it.
Overwhelmingly the favourite method of hair removal was shaving.
Only about 5% of women had waxed all or some of their hair or had used a hair
Hollywood and Brazilian enabled swimsuit styles. Lee and Lani, Etam, Miniamle Animale and the aptly named brands Hot as Hell and Filthy Haanz.
Most people who shaved had experienced some itching or
irritation, but for most this was a minor inconvenience rather than something
that required medical attention.