“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles, leaving microscopic open wounds. Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that is combined with the warm, moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest bacterial pathogens.” -Dr. Emily Gibson
Dr. Gibson also shared that being bare down there carries a greater risk for the contraction of herpes and other infectious diseases. You can also develop cellulitis, labia infections, abscesses, and boils…super fun!
I have to admit, I was glad to come across this little nugget of advice because I…well I need an excuse to not to wax my vagina!
I mean, who started this waxing thing anyway? I’d like to blame porn, mainly because I don’t have any other ideas. But back in the 70’s, there was enough hair on porn stars to make enough wigs for all of the Founding Fathers. So what happened?
Well, according to my research, in the 70’s the female teen body became a fetish. Blame Larry Flynt. Everybody wanted their vaginas to be bald. And then something happened…feminism. Yes…FEMINISM. Women were tired of being play things and only thought of as sex objects. They were basically saying, “Hey buddy. I don’t need you to want to have sex with me. I’ll grow my beaver as long as I want.” Maybe give it some Bo Derek braids. Basically, we don’t have to be GRATEFUL that you want to have sex with us. We are taking control of OUR bodies. Take it or leave it! And honestly, I dig that.
Here’s why: Men have no idea what the hell they are talking about when it comes to our vaginas. Don’t tell me to wax my vagina. Listen, if you wax your balls, I’ll wax my labia, and we’ll call it even. Otherwise, be happy with a nice trim, dude. The “grass” isn’t always greener, or shorter.