Whither Pubic Hair?

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 17 2011 @ 6:52pm


Ashley Fetters wonders:

Indiana University sex researchers Debby Herbenick and Vanessa Schick found in a recent study that nearly 60 percent of American women between 18 and 24 are sometimes or always completely bare down there, while almost half of women in the U.S. between 25 and 29 reported similar habits. Herbenick's numbers show a clear-cut trend: More women lack pubic hair than ever before. What's happening to America's vaginas? Is pubic hair going extinct?

A couple months ago Roger Friedland explored how Italians view the hair down there: 

Although waxing kits are readily available, total depilation is rare among Italian women. Men don’t like it if there is not a tuft remaining on the mons. "They would not know where to go," the Italian women joke. Likewise, hairless pre-pubescent girls are not a big segment of the Italian pornography market. Italian men, who are major consumers of porn, organize their alternative erotic reality around women, not girls.

(Photo by Sarah Friedland)