You could say pubic hair has always been fashionable to a degree. But thanks to European Wax Centers across the country (and countless hours spent consuming gay adult content), gay Americans went through a phase in which skin proved better than the bush. But pubic hair is gaining popularity.
Whether you realize it or not, body and pubic hair provide important functions in maintaining your body temperature and warding away diseases, but admittedly so, smooth skin gives the impression of youth and innocence — a look that will never go out of fashion in gay culture.
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A study published last year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine investigated college students, and their views on pubic hair. Turns out, 95 percent of all respondents (around 1,100) said they had done some sort of hair removal (shaving, waxing, trimming) at least once in the past four weeks. And, 32 percent of men said they groom their hair down there because it makes them “feel clean” or “feel sexy.”
As a 90s kid, I remember the aesthetic of gay culture consisted of shaved, plucked and jacked bodybuilders, which ultimately became an advertising tool that seeped into women’s minds and incentivized straight guys to manscape, too.
Now, grooming your pubic hair has become more than a trend. It’s transformed into a reflection of societal beauty norms, which we happily advertise on our bodies and Snapchat stories. Crazy, you say?
Your pubes get a lot of attention, especially on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Social media has amplified everyone’s voice, and allowed people to broadcast their views on everything from politics to fashion. And, with the surge of the selfie, pubic hair (or the lack thereof) has been lifted into the limelight.
For gay men of my generation, manscaping is normal — it’s as ritualistic as shaving your face. That said, allowing yourself to be natural is quickly becoming fashionable because it’s popular with influential people and their photos end up in your feeds.
Letting your pubic hair grow is a way for guys to own their independence, to separate themselves from the crowd. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a look I’m very into (depending on who’s attached to the curlies), but it’s still a look, which makes it fashionable.
At the same time, guys use varying techniques when it comes to grooming: Some guys trim while others wax it smooth. The variance in pubic hair style, creates many voguish ways to wear your hair. As dick pics become the new selfie, your pubes could be more revealing than you thought.
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Pubic hair, while it disappeared for a couple decades, is back and thicker than ever. Guys love seeing a little hair. Thanks to hookup apps and real talk over the water cooler, gay guys are able to better express their body hair preferences — it’s not all-twink-all-the-time anymore.
Hair has made a comeback, and I hope it sticks. So before you reach for the trimmer (or throw it away), remember pubic hair is a fashion statement. You’re the one who walks in your jocks. You’re the one who owns your pubes. Wear them with pride. It is, after all, your fashion choice.