To Wax Or Not to Wax: Study Examines Hairy Trends

Oh, science, we love you! Why? Because some bunch of pervy scientists decided that studying the pubic hair-grooming habits of women was somehow a viable scientific pursuit. A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine examined the pubic particulars of women. The findings: “Women reported a diverse range of pubic hair-grooming practices.” No duh. Researchers at cheeky Indiana University examined more than 2,400 responses to an online survey about pubic hair. The findings?

67 percent of 18-24-year-olds shaved off some pubic hair, 57 percent had shaved it all off at some point in the past month, 6 percent had waxed some off in the past month, and 6 percent had waxed it all of in the past month.

Women who went for total pubic hair removal tended to be younger, were partnered (rather than single or married), had looked at their own genitals in the past month, had received cunnilingus in the past month, and generally had a more positive genital self-image and sexual function.

Researcher Debby Herbeneck concludes the study, saying, “There is no one dominant way to ‘wear’ one’s hair down there, and women shouldn’t feel pressured by their partners or cultural ideals or their friends, even, to do anything with their hair that they don’t want to do.”

We were surprised that more women don’t wax, given how culturally pervasive waxing seems to be. Where do you fit in the waxing-vs.-shaving-vs.-letting-it-go-au-natural debate?