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The O-Face: Ponderance of pubic hair

Michael Karp

Pubic hair, also referred to as the “love nest,” the “‘fro down low” and the “untamed jungle,” sparks significant debate among the sexes. Questions of how long it should be make for many heated arguments.

Even the media have taken it upon itself to address this issue. Cameron Diaz has become a strong opponent of permanent laser pubic hair removal, as reported by The Huffington Post. It also highlighted campaigns such as “Project Bush” that have started to pop up.

The decision — to groom, shave or let it be — ultimately comes down to personal preference. It is, however, hard to ignore that this preference can be heavily influenced by cultural norms and societal pressure.

I trim my pubic hair for a variety of reasons.

While not feeling much cultural or societal pressure to do so, I groom mine so that my girlfriend will be more likely to go down there. I also do it for the sake of a more pleasant aroma when playing sports and to give my “member” an appearance boost.

I also like creating cool designs, but I won’t go into too much detail about that.

The ’70s and ’80s exemplified free spirit, including that of body hair. This has changed as porn and strip clubs have placed new, unprecedented standards upon our sex lives. These standards now call for clean-shaven genitals.

However, I believe there is another movement forming — a movement of sexual expression free from societal pressure, peer pressure and idealizations created by the media and the internal demons that may plague our thoughts.

The attractiveness of genital hair is entirely personal preference. The desire to shave, wax or leave it alone is entirely personal preference as well.

Communicating with our partners about these aspects of our sex lives should be taken upon ourselves. We should accept our bodies for what they are and those around us should too.

Whether you prefer a “‘fro down low” or an “egg shell,” be a part of the movement of free sexual expression. Communicate with partners about your personal preferences and let freedom reign in your genital mane.

Michael Karp can be reached at [email protected] or @_MichaelKarp on Twitter.

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