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. Keep reading »
Jed Lipinski got his pubes waxed off for his blog on Salon.com. Man, that’s commitment! In the process of manning up for the brozillian, razor sharp reporter Lipinski went balls deep into the waxing industry. And what he discovered was almost as jaw dropping as looking at the hair on a wax strip itself. Prepare to be a amazed, after the jump! Keep reading »
I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay, to form an opinion at all — about a part of my body seen by no one but me? No, I decided, it didn’t. In fact, a woman’s vagina is so personal and so private that I thought it would be pretty un-feminist to feel shame that it didn’t look quote, unquote “pretty.” (And yes, I’ve seen Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” like, eight times.) Besides, who would want to let an aesthetician down there with her tongue depressor dipped in hot wax? Surely someone of heartier stock than I.
Then I had my first bikini wax at age 26 and surprised myself by liking it. Keep reading »
The other day I was reading “Get Naked,” the sex column in Time Out New York, and was surprised by an answer given to a letter from a recently divorced woman wondering if, now that she’s dating again, she should be removing all her pubic hair. She writes:
I was married and faithful for 15 years, and last time I was single, nobody ever mentioned shaving that stuff off. So imagine my confusion when my first new sexual partner after a decade and a half showed thinly disguised displeasure at my very short, clean, well-groomed pubic hair. He insinuated that everyone shaves that off now, and my two single, close girlfriends have told me that they remove it all. I have tried this a few times, and it always resulted in lots of ingrown hairs, a red rash and an uncomfortable, itchy grow-back period. That waxing thing sounds too violent for my taste. I really don’t want to feel like I have to shave it all off, but I don’t want to appear like an out-of-touch, hairy freak, either. So, is it true? Does everyone nowadays go bare down there? And what if I don’t want to?
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Thanks so much for the free stencils in the May issue! While I think it’s cool that you’re clearly listening to your readers’ cries for more DIY content and money saving tips, I’m happy to leave the fancy pubic styling to the professionals. Trust me, I’m usually a shaver and maintain my bikini line on a daily basis with some foam and a Schick. But on those occasions when I want something flirty down below — like the “Love Triangle,” “Sweetheart,” “This Way For Fun” arrow, and “Landing Strip” — I’d rather fork over $40 for Helga to do it right. Somehow the five step process required for giving myself “some down-there flair” seems dangerous, messy, and, well, cheap?
That said, these stencils will come in handy the next time I babysit a 5-year-old and we’re working on a craft project.
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Tobey* was the perfect guy to date right after my divorce. He was cute, fun, and had a body like a gymnast. He was younger than I was, but not too young. He liked the same things I did: eating good food, going to the movies, and strolling around Manhattan. He was a great kisser and even better in the sack.
Then he told me I needed grooming.
Not just any grooming. Down there grooming. Keep reading »
Single women are always being given advice (whether they want it or not) on the things they’re doing wrong, from the way we dress to how we act on dates. But strangely enough, a lot of things on the to-do list for women can potentially ruin a guys game. Here are 18 things that women do without batting an eye, but when men attempt them, eyebrows are raised. Sorry dudes, guess this would be your grooming glass ceiling.
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You heard it here first. Chicks are nasty. Guys do not have the monopoly on gross. To prove it, I have 10 real examples of odd, secret grooming habits women really enjoy. Keep reading »
A new study focusing on men’s feelings towards makeup just made some amazing new discoveries that’ll blow your mind. Like, men don’t like layers of caked-on foundation! Or gloopy mascara left on overnight! Or lipstick on teeth! Or clown blush! And according to the study, one in 10 men wish their partners wouldn’t wear any makeup at all, which, you know, makes total sense if these men are equating all makeup with the sins mentioned above. My guess is a lot of men don’t even know makeup when they see it and don’t realize that the “natural look” they say they like so much is often enhanced with a swipe of mascara, a touch of gloss, a brush of blush on the apples of the cheeks. In their minds “makeup” is something noticeable, often in a distasteful way. But we women know better, don’t we? Which is why I’m much more interested in the way women feel about makeup. Keep reading »
I don’t really have a type — men are just plain sexy, especially when they’re approaching me with a smile. A funny, confident guy trying to get on my good side drives me wild. But if I look down at his hands and they’re all Busted McDirty, that’s my manscaping dealbreaker. Nails you are too lazy to cut, with dirt caked underneath and uneven breaks, don’t even try it, pal! I’m a germaphobe and you’re not gonna get your funky fingers all over me. Is that ridiculously shallow? Maybe. But you know I’m totes nail-obsessed. I cannot handle a man who can’t handle his hands. How’s he gonna care for me if his own digits don’t mean a thing to him?
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