Pubic Hair Removal: A Short Analysis
Pubic Hair Removal: A Short and Comparative Analysis
The subject of intimate and Brazilian waxing maybe futile but it really matters to us. Why so many women choose to remove their pubic hair? The messages in the media and culture that encourage Brazilian waxing and other intimate hair removal techniques, are essential to understand for the waxing industry. These reasons of pubic hair removal can be cultural, historical influences and are related to sexuality, body image and media oriented.
Three studies were used for this article. They were conducted in the United States, Canada and Australia. The participants volunteer for the study because they are interested in the subject matter or it was required for a class in the case of university participants. As a result of the group panel, the study might not be representative of all women in the population since the participants are overwhelmingly white and heterosexual. As a conclusion, these studies cannot be generalized to larger populations that are racially, culturally and sexually more diverse.
A Canadian study focused on women motivation for pubic hair removal. The most common reasons given were : “It looks better in a bathing suit”; “It makes me feel attractive”; “I feel feminine and more comfortable”; and “I think it is cleaner.” Few answers were based on societal pressure : “It’s the thing to do.”
In general, the women in the panel study don’t acknowledge societal pressure and standards of female beauty generalized in advertising and media in favor of pubic hair removal.
A internet based study conducted in the United States analyzed hair removal behaviors across age categories. If a woman removed all of the pubic hair either by waxing or shaving, she was considered to be “typically hair free” in the study. The panel was 2400 subjects from 18 to 68 age range. The highest percentage of total hair removal were 20% in the group of 18 to 24 years, followed by 12% of women aged 25 to 29 years, 8% of women aged 30 to 39 years, 6.5% of women aged 40 to 49 years, and 2% of women over 50 years.
The study showed that pubic hair removal is often considered to be a social norm among women, mostly with younger women. It may reflect the fact that pubic hair removal is a new trend that is being embraced by the younger generation.
An Australian study conducted on female undergraduates was asking them about their body hair removal practices and their reasons. The study reflected that they removed their leg hair (95%), underarm hair (98%), and pubic hair (61%). A considerable difference in the degree of pubic hair removal was observed, with 20% removing a little hair, 44% removing most hair, and 36% removing all hair.
Also waxing was the preferred method of pubic hair removal. The most common reasons given by women was related to the desire to be sexually attractive and feminine. Also a link between reading magazines, television shows and the frequency and amount of pubic hair removal was demonstrated.
While studies show that pubic hair removal has increased in popularity over the last decade and become more general for younger women, more research is needed to establish its acceptance and prevalence among larger segments of the female population.