Less Hair Down There = More Merkin Makin’ In Hollywood

Now that having hair down there is so passe for women—and even for men—merkins are the new hot prop on Hollywood sets, especially for anything that takes place before the year 2000. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s OK. I didn’t know what a merkin was until Kate Winslet won the Oscar for her role in “The Reader” and talked about her merkin non-stop. For those ignoramuses such as myself, a merkin is a pube wig. They were originally worn by hookers to appear natural after shaving their genitalia. I like to call them vagina toupees. Recent merkin users include cast members of “Boardwalk Empire,” Jake Gyllenhaal (he’s bald down there?) in “Love and Other Drugs,” Sasha Grey on “Entourage,” and Sienna Miller in “Hippie Hippie Shake.” The merkin makers must be working like Christmas elves! OK, I know I’m, like, 5 years old, but I find merkins to be the funniest thing in the world. In fact, I think I’m going to throw a merkin party. Who’s coming? [The Daily Beast]