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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While I always love to read the advice Wendy gives out in her “Dear Wendy” column, I was sort of surprised by the number of responses her column yesterday received. Who knew people could get so worked up over body hair? But I guess I shouldn’t be so shocked — just look at the number of hair removal products on the market. Like the Smooth Away, which I road-tested last night while watching TV. Keep reading »
The ever-controversial American Apparel CEO, Dov Charney, sent out his latest newsletter to employees with a “helpful” tip regarding current eyebrow aesthetics. Over-tweezing is so yesterday or something, and now it’s all about thick, healthy brows, à la teenaged Brooke Shields, which really did happen so yesterday. We’re not sure why he would share his personal eyebrow-trimming preference with the class. (Is he really suggesting women who work at American Apparel should stop waxing their brows or is he just being the head of a fashion company sharing a seasonal trend? It’s unclear.) But we’ll give him this: Thick brows were all over the spring 2010 runways. Bang on trend, Dov! So, um, yeah. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
The fairer sex didn’t always have to spend time grooming their underarm area. Women didn’t shave their pits before about 1915 because no one ever saw that part of their body. According to Mental Floss, even the word “underarm” was considered scandalous before that time. But then designers cooked up a dress without sleeves, and an ad in Harper’s Bazaar said that to wear the style, women first needed to attend to “the removal of objectionable hair.” And we all got out our razors. [Mental Floss] Keep reading »