An article by Clover Stroud in the Sunday Telegraph at the end of May titled "Hair 'Em, Scare 'Em" caught my eye and discussed the question of what to do about body hair, notably underarm and around the genitalia. The degree and texture of body hair varies widely by race and its removal has much to do with religious practice as personal taste, though I have never quite understood why in our evolution from hairy ape needing body hair for warmth and protection to a predominantly hairless body, save on the head, that we have retained that patch of hair on the Mound of Venus or its male equivalent.
In medieval times, it was customary to remove that body hair to prevent pubic lice but today it is much more driven by society and fashion in the Western World. The invention of the bikini and later the G string dictated the need to trim round the edges and then in 1994 the J Sisters Salon in Manhattan introduced the "Brazilian" (or "landing strip" as it is also known) followed by the trend in 2000 for the completely bare look, the "Hollywood", presumably so named after the film industry, with actors and particularly actresses in the X rated films having the completely shaved look for the nude scenes.
So how many apply the razor or other hair removal methods to their genitalia? Apparently about half of Western women at some period of their lives have given themselves a good trim and about a quarter of men, though this is not confined to the younger generation, and certainly this is reflected by nearly all of the women and most of the younger men as well as some older men that come to me for a Tantric massage in London.
There appears to be only anecdotal evidence as to whether men like their woman, and vice versa, completely bare, though this is expected in certain cultures, or with some gentle soft curls. However on a note of caution to those who visit a salon for hair colouring, scientists have discovered that the shade of hair colour is determined by a single "letter" in the genetic code for the whole body (which is also unrelated to character trait dispelling the myth of the dumb blonde) so don't forget to pay attention to those retained curls particularly if you are partial to an all over suntan.
Nevertheless according to that article, times are a changing and pubic hair is making a comeback, for example Cameron Diaz in her book, "The Body Bible", wrote a chapter "In Praise of Pubes" extolling the virtues of:
"A lovely curtain of hair surrounding that delicate flower of the female form"
Though I do not think that many women will now be converted to leaving their pubic hair unchecked, but will continue with some careful grooming above accompanied perhaps by complete removal below. There is something confident and sexy about both men and women who have nicely groomed pubic hair and that attitude is starting to become the norm particularly with those in their twenties and thirties.
So what do I like for myself, well that would be telling, other than to say that I am a natural blonde, but may be if you book an outcall Tantric massage with me in your London hotel or apartment, all might be revealed.