You might be able to relate to the pre-booty call ritual of getting in the shower, carefully steading your slippery feet and taking your razor down town. Whether you're neatening up a landing strip, shaving yourself bare or just leaving it there to do it's thing, there are historical pin-points that embraced different measures of pubic hair and varying methods of its removal.
It's suggested that the Egyptians, shortly followed by many Middle Eastern countries, were the trendsetters in branding the “bush” as uncivilized, removing the hair with flint and bronze (and you thought getting a wax was painful).
The heat was a contributing factor for wanting to remove the hair down there but aesthetics prevailed as the main reason.Vanity and social stigmas taking the win over comfort once again, even in Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Greece and Rome also took part in mowing the grass. Their method of removal takes the cake for the most painful in our books. They would individually pluck each hair; perhaps if luck were on their side (maybe?) they alternatively would burn it off.
Even then the notion of excess hair was deemed to be an undesirable trait, an affliction of the classes, higher born women much more commonly removed hair opposed the commoners it was seen as elite.
In the Elizabethan era the tables turned and the bush made its way back into people's panties. Once again people accepted bodies for what they were and let it all go. Some still participated in pubic hair removal, but mostly due to pubic lice.
Queen Elizabeth the First is responsible for bringing the pubes back, instead opting to remove her eyebrows instead. Ah, how times have changed.
With the release of the first bikini in 1946, trimming the hedges started to become trendy. This was to accommodate for those high cut itsy-bitsy bikini bottoms. Don’t get to comfy though because by the sixties and seventies, you guessed it, the humble bush was back stronger and bushier than ever. With newfound sexual liberation and a wide-spread 'hippie' culture, pubic hair was embraced with everyone ditching the razors and going all naturale.
In the eighties and nineties, pubic hair started to be of concern again although people started questioning the practice of going entirely bald, discussing possible degrading connotations that were attached to a bald, smooth vagina. Bikini waxes and landing strips were prevalent styles, plastered in the pornography magazines front and centre. Shortly lived were the unique carvings within our hair.
Say Olá to the Brazilian, by year 2000 it was a full-fledged epidemic of hair removal, some blame Sex and The City, others a rise in oral sex. All we know is that this was a trend that was in for the long haul. Whether you shaved waxed or used hair-removal cream, taking it all off was so common that, by 2013 “crabs” were almost unheard of.
Many will agree that removing pubic hair is more so expected from women than of men, and a tedious task at that. Today we are warming back up to our pubes and being a little more forgiving towards them.
Is this because we are sick of stubble and looking like we have little vagina beards? Probably. Or maybe we just can't be bothered anymore. While we can all agree no one likes pubes in their teeth, the aftermath of shaving just isn't great. The stigma of hair removal for hygiene purposes is still around however has been scientifically disproven.
These days we can vagazzle, dye, trim, shave, straighten and highlight our pubes. The possibilities are endless. So what kind of do, do your pubes rock?