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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

The following is a guest post from Stephanie Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, blogger, and amateur photographer. She lives in Denver, CO, with her husband Nate, and their two dogs, Henry and Howie. (If you would like to guest here, contact me.)

As much as some people would hate to admit it, porn has had a lot of influence on society. As a multi-billion dollar industry, it has obvious effects the economy, but perhaps second to that is how it impacts relationships and the expectations of both sex, and how we look. The most talked about change that the porn industry has had on our appearance is the presence of pubic hair. Once acceptable to let the area be in its natural state, porn has been directly linked to what we acknowledge as the new norm.

Adam & Eve has been in the industry for over 40 years and seen these changes firsthand. Throughout that time, adult images and movies have gone from almost-always featuring women relatively unkept below the waist, to it being a niche category in the porn industry. Porn stars in their 40s and 50s who specialize in “older women” fantasies have even conformed to the hairless trend as well.

Young woman removing beautiful pink pantiesThe shift is slightly surprising. The Daily Mail explained the starting age of the average porn star is 22 and has remained stagnant for the last 40 years. So it would stand to reason that today’s older porn stars were not required to, or encouraged to, be hairless at the time they were starting out. While it would make the most sense that they would be the more likely stars to sport a natural bush, porn isn’t exactly an industry for logic. Instead, the two aren’t at all linked. The older porn stars are usually completely waxed, while younger stars tend to be featured in the niche hair films.

Although mostly everyone is privy to the obvious flaws in porn logic, it’s amusing that we still apply it to everyday life. As the Daily Beast points out, the increased pressure on women to be meticulously smooth can be traced back to the boom of internet porn. The oddity however, is that even though a lot of men are also completely hairless in porn, there is less of push by women for the average man to be the same.

It brings to mind the question that why, if it has become almost a requirement among men that women be smooth from the neck down, is it still acceptable for a man to have full downstairs beard? Alright, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, as manscaping has become more popular, but still, it’s not to the extent of that which women are pushed to do.

The answer could be as simple as saying that women, in comparison to men, are more self-conscience, and thus more likely to try and conform to what they believe attracts a sexual partner. Or it could stem from the theory that Science Daily examined, stating that porn is demeaning towards women, and encourages sexist attitudes among (some) men.

Personally, I think many women are just doing what they prefer. Some feel as though little or no hair at all just feels cleaner. Regardless if there’s a double standard on who has to shave what and where, I say, as long as you keep it maintained, do what you like, what makes you feel sexy, and what you feel comfortable with.

As far as the push for manscaping, I think a lot of women would agree that a little hair on a man is what makes them, well, manly. Now that’s not to say that they should be pouring Miracle Grow on their downstairs bits. I’d say most women appreciate a clean runway as much as men, so the same advice goes for guy—keep it clean and trimmed, gents! Just like you, and all us who don’t have a wooly mammoth fetish, we’d also appreciate not feeling like we’re flossing during oral sex.

Whoever thought that something like pubic hair could cause such a debate on sexism? The whole ordeal can sometimes make you long for the simple days when women being hairless downstairs was only thought of as a joke in racist-fueled comics. If nothing else, we’d all certainly save a lot on razor blades.

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  1. Gary says

    Men are less inclined to shave armpits or legs. I wonder if the pubic area has simply become less ‘exceptional’



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