Navigating The Jungle: Pubes

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pu·bes: Hair that grows near your ‘danger area’! If you shave it, it gets itchy, and if you leave it there…it’s itchy! (Urban Dictionary)   Pubes: We all have them, some recent Whatsgoodly polls prove that we all have quite different opinions of them.  

For some, pubes are pleasurable and for others a pain in the ass. But all passions aside, they sprout up for a biological reason, and everyone has a different preference when it comes to dealing with them.  

So if you’re having trouble deciding whether or not to #saveyourforest or wax your worries away, don’t worry, we’re here with the facts.  

What does the data say?

In a Whatsgoodly poll presented to college students around the nation, male and female students were asked about their pubic preferences on the opposite sex (kind of heteronormative, we know, but bear with us).  

The results found that guys overwhelmingly prefer girls to be pube-free. Girls are more likely to be indifferent or prefer a trim, whereas guys are straight pube haters.  

college_poll_pubic_hair Now for the moment of truth- would women choose to groom themselves if they knew no one was watching?   In the another poll, about 65% of the ladies marked that “Ya” they would shave their pubes even with societal expectations aside.  

If we were to poll all of those ladies’ mothers, however, those answers would most likely be “Nah”. So should this generation continue to clear down their entire forests even in a situation where in which there’s no pressure to do so at all?  

Or should we take the age old advice and really listen to our mothers? Taking a look at the past pube trends reveals that quite frankly it does not matter. Trends will always go in and out of fashion.   In a matter of years pubic hair trends have shifted wildly from extreme removal to embracing the bush. Pubes are no different than other fads and continually change through the eras.  

So hop on board the Pube Safari to find out how people (more specifically women)  have navigated their pubic jungles throughout time.    

A brief history of pubic hair

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Ancient times- bald is beautiful

The ride begins quite “smoothly” because believe it or not the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians believed in deforestation.  

This marked the first time in history that humans steer away from their natural hairy roots. Hairy men and women were considered uncivilized and, so, the hair had to go.  

The Greeks went to unbelievable measures in order to look like their smooth and shiny marble sculptures, which included plucking every individual hair in the area, burning the hair, and using sharp flints. Eeks!  

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Europeans of the Middle Ages- a very hairy situation

Even though Queen Catherine de Medici ordered her ladies in waiting to #freethebush, not all women followed suit.  

Even though her servants remained hairy, not everyone in society was on board. Since crabs and other diseases were rampant during this time, women often chose to secretly shave for hygienic purposes.  

Thanks to the invention of the Merkin, a pubic wig, women got the best of both worlds. Yes, you heard it right–pubes were so fashionable at this time that people were wearing pube wigs.  

With the help of the pube wig, women appeared to follow the queen’s orders, but also steered clear of the nasty jungle animals.   Side note: The smells that pubic hair traps was also considered an aphrodisiac.  

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20th Century- In with the bikini, out with the hair

The invention of the bikini was a genius, but costly one. This is where the Safari takes a turn for the “bumpy” side, as women experimented with the newly invented Gillette razor in order to prevent pube slips in their itsy bitsy bikinis.  

By the 1960’s most women were shaving or Nairing their way to Barbie perfection.  

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The Seventies- Free the bush

Here our safari comes to a rapid halt, and so does all pubic grooming. Shaving of the armpits and pubic areas was considered social sabotage.  

Saving the trees and growing a bush were synonymous and a sexy symbol of the counter-culture. Just take a look at Playboy’s playmates from the time to explore the jungle for yourself.    

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The 80’s: Attack of the Brazilian

Here lies the most dangerous part of the safari, but if you can endure it, the rest is smooth as can be.  

We’re talking about waxing, of course. The once conspicuous brazilian wax turned into a cultural obsession and one person is to blame for the pain- Carrie Bradshaw.    

All it took was one episode of ‘Sex in the City’ to have American women paying extreme fees to endure equally extremely painful waxes.  

Oh and by the way, as you age, your pubic hair will start to thin, and you may naturally Go Bald in old age.   Merkin_1

Present time- so what now?

Our safari seems to be at a crossroads. Whether we chose to follow the road less hairy and continue with our brazilians, or the new more natural road, who knows?  

But with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz endorsing the latter, there’s a chance our safari will re-enter the jungle.   So whether we choose “Yah” or “Nah” to shaving does not really matter, because after all, this safari has seen it all.    

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Caroline and Casey

Caroline Beaudoin and Casey Deeds are in their Junior year at Stanford University. Caroline is majoring in Science, Technology, and Society while Casey studies Product Design. They both play for the Stanford Women's Field Hockey Team and aspire to win a national championship this year.

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