Monday, March 03, 2008

The hair down there

Leave it up to Minneapolis faux alt-weekly columinst Alexis (how she gets this sort of topic to fly within the confines of a stodgy newspaper is beyond me) to ponder the topic of pubic hair. Unsurprisingly, the short question generated a fair amount of feedback and made me wonder too.

I'm normally not one to pry or to reveal alot about myself either. But I have to wonder what people's opinions are on the personal grooming front. Is it a must for your partner to be as bald as a three year-old or are you all in favor of rocking some 70s-era rug? Are you sporting a mohawk of sorts or rocking the mullet? Is the choice purely aesthetic or is based on your significant other's preferences? Is it for health reasons or is below-the-belt grooming the last damn thing on your mind?

I don't normally go around asking strangers on the street what they prefer in terms of trimming/shaving/waxing or what they themselves have done but, hell, if you want to share, more power to you. The more who open up will coax me into the confessional as well.

The string of comments in the link above, though, opened my eyes to a number of things including certain infections whose cause I had no idea about. Call me naive but if we've evolved beyond a full-on coat of body hair/fur, can groinal coiffage be far behind?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the hell, I'll go first! I'm a girl. Personally, I wax it all off. Well, someone else waxes it all off. I feel cleaner and I just like it that way. I don't really care what the guy does. But, um, I'm not fond of stray hairs in my mouth... so try to keep it all in check.

Michelle Ann said...

Wow...awkward subject. It comes down to two things for me...low pain threshold and general cheapness. So, a maintained area is more my speed.

Anonymous said...

On a woman I am a fan of at least a nicely mowed front yard and if the lady is cool with hardwood floors, I am definitely not one to object!

Countess B said...

It's funny how shy people get when they are asked to get personal.

My DH has shaved down there for me...totally bald. It's nice for a change, but not something I require or desire on a regular basis.

He, however, would prefer that I be completely hairless at all times. Of course I laugh at him, because I'm lucky I have time to WASH all my body parts, let alone shave them bald.

But on special date nights, I'll accomdate him, and spend the extra time.

The rest of the time I just keep it trimmed.

So...what about you?

Erica M said...

What amuses me in this conversation is all the metaphors and euphemisms.

Ease of maintenance and minimal pain are my top priorities. Trim, but there is no complete removal of anything. My partner appreciates and practices the same.

Worker Mommy said...

"Groinal Coiffage" love it.

So yeah, because I am completely and utterly lazy when it comes to that kind of thing I'd just as soon be chewbaca (oops was that tmi?)
But for the sake of my hubs I keep nicely coiffed. Not bald, but trimmed.

Sornie said...

I have gone to all extremes to be perfectly honest. At one drunken point a friend pointed out that "a wookie was living in my shorts" which led me to take on the appearance of an olympic swimmer. The hairless approach is rather time consuming and stubble sucks. For everyone. I am likely to revery to nicely trimmed but am contemplating how to handle overgrowth in the thigh areas. Any suggestions? Is it a straight edge job or should there be some tapering involved? With a lot of women chiming in, what are your personal preferences in a man's below the belt grooming?

Tanya Kristine said...

hahah. i acutally keep it maintained too. i feel thinner when it's not in disarray down there...

Sornie said...

Call me curious but do the women reading this find crotchal maintenance to be a seasonal thing? I mean there's nothing more disturbing than an inadvertant and accidental glimpse of some gnarly curlies cascading over an otherwise tidy bikini...

buffalodickdy said...

The only time "the twins" ever got a shave, was when I had a vasecomy...

Erica M said...

I so love that you used the word "crotchal".

Seasonal? No. I get attention down there year round.

Rule of thumb: If it's long enough to braid, it's too long.

Sornie said...

If it's long enough to braid, wouldn't it get stuck in the zipper of your jeans?

Aliecat said...

I used to wax it all off until my waxer gave The Lady second degree burns. After that, I'm just happy to have skin and don't worry too much about it beyond a little trim. As for men, well, it's a novelty to see it hairless, but I prefer men to be hairy, wookie be damned!

justacoolcat said...

I certainly wouldn't kick the wife out of bed for sporting the 70's porn look, but I prefer waxed.

As for manscaping; I like the term so much I just might give it a try.

Sornie said...

Just the "hair down there" Alie or are we talking some back rug?

That is way too much info JACC, but just be careful what instruments you use for your manscaping expedition. I know someone who used a razor and ended with a serious gash and that just isn't the place for a Band-Aid.

Sornie said...

Just the "hair down there" Alie or are we talking some back rug?

That is way too much info JACC, but just be careful what instruments you use for your manscaping expedition. I know someone who used a razor and ended with a serious gash and that just isn't the place for a Band-Aid.

Aliecat said...

Well, back hair is a tricky subject. Is it a whispy amount or a full on carpet? Does it emerge from the collar free and unashamed? Cuz that's kinda gross.