Pubic hair

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L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World) by Gustave Courbet (1866).

Pubic hair is hair that grows in the pubic region, on and in the vicinity of the genitals.

Prepubescent children have no pubic hair at all. In both sexes, pubic hair begins to grow in puberty. This beginning is called pubarche.

Pubic hair in art and erotica[edit]

Pubic hair, due to its location, is only visible in frontal nudes of adolescents and adults. A famous example of such a work is the painting "L’Origine du monde" (The Origin of the World) by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877).

In Japan, for a long time the display of pubic hair in an artwork was illegal. This was one of the reasons why erotic or pornographic manga or anime (hentai) would usually show hairless genitalia. The interpretation of the law has since changed, but hairless genitalia are still widespread in erotic art. Ironically, it is also in Japan where pubic hair is seen as something highly attractive and so many Japanese women don't, or only partially, shave their pubic hair.

Removal of pubic hair[edit]

"Brazilian waxing" - female buttocks and genitalia without pubic hair.

For hygienic, aesthetic and/or erotic reasons, some people remove their pubic hair, either completely or partially. Popular methods include shavers, sugar paste, or wax.

In some cultures, the removal of body hair, including pubic hair, is mainly done by women, but not commonly by men (e.g. in Islamic countries). In Western culture, it is nowadays popular in both sexes, but still more common in females than in males. The practice has become more popular in recent decades, especially among younger people.

A shaved pubis is particularly popular in some subcultures such as the modern nudist and BDSM subculture. Many people, including "vanillas", find a shaved pubis more erotic than an unshaved one (and often also the process of shaving this area). There are also people who oppose this practice, for example because they find pubic hair more erotic than a smooth pubis. Some opponents go as far as accusing the "shavers" of hidden pedophilic motives by "trying to recreate a prepubescent appearance" of their genitalia.

The technical term for a preference for hairless genitals is acomoclitism.

See also[edit]

Pubic shaving (male).
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