Genital Hair Removal, Fashion Versus Health

Shaving or not our genital area corresponds to a trend that marks a particular view about the female body, which generates even a sexual health implications. Experts on the subject we talk about their CONSEQUENCES. Total pubic hair removal has become common practice. In the past, the practice was common in women, but most men now also […]

Shaving or not our genital area corresponds to a trend that marks a particular view about the female body, which generates even a sexual health implications. Experts on the subject we talk about their CONSEQUENCES.

Total pubic hair removal has become common practice. In the past, the practice was common in women, but most men now also makes it, without knowing the details that this may entail.However, there is now a new fashion trend of returning to the “bushes”, a term that refers to keeping the pubic hair with the hair. A purpose of this new trend, how healthy hair removed this sensitive area? Currently many ask me my opinion as a sexologist, whether it is good or not totally shave this area for reasons of hygiene and health; so I decided to write this article to report on the possible effects that can lead to completely shave the genital area.

I leave consideration the opinion and decisions of each. Studies have shown that total removal of the genital area can cause fungal folliculitis, warts and sexually transmitted infections as well as through the spread of bacteria (for lack depilatories grooming utensils or changes in skin flora) as well as sheets, towels and restrooms. Professionals like Ramon Grimalt dermatologist, member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) and equipment scientific members of the American Medical Association, formed by Lindsey Schmidt Berger, Barry Ladizinsky and Margalida Ramirez Fort, recently published studies which report that total removal of the genital area can lead to microtrauma of the skin and subcutaneous structures, which make the spread of infections are easily transmitted, while if we keep the pubic hair, the risk is minimal as this acts as a protective barrier from infection.

Like the hair of the head, used to prevent sunburn, trauma and protects us from the cold, the hair of the eyebrows and eyelashes that protect our eyes by reducing the amount of light and particles that penetrate them, hair in the genital area meets clear roles and protect the area from wounds, strokes and infections from abroad, as well as diseases and bacteria during sex. If both members of a couple are hairless genitalia, any infection you have any member and is on top of the skin in the area, inevitably happen to your sex partner. To prevent contagion of infections is important not to expose this area and leave which creates natural barriers the same body do their job, because for some reason there is still hair in this area. However, this does not pose a risk if people want to cut off part of her hair or shave the lateral area because there is less friction in this area. If you like to be shaved completely or you do because your partner likes, I recommend you have considered the potential dangers. Concerning this issue, we talked to fashion critic Vanessa Rosales, who gives us a look of hair removal as an aesthetic trend:


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  1. When we talk about female hair removal this is a speech merely fashionable, or do you think there are other factors that may be influencing deciding what happens to those private parts of the female body? The answer is mixed. Female hair removal always has to do with the fashionable discourse of an era. When we think of fashion, usually we make an almost immediate association with clothing, and sometimes forget that fashion is inextricably linked to the body. The body practices and beauty are all connected with fashion speeches that dominate a particular time. What It defines what fashion classified as a time are the pictures. That pictorially they represent fashion, beauty, body movements. (At some point they were the paintings, in other press plates, after the photography, film). Today, finally, we live in a world where there is an excess of images, digital, accessible and free movement. Ultimately, whatever the style of them what is beautiful or fashionable at a specific time always coincide with those images. These images serve as reference for women in their practices everyday fashion. For example, if in the seventies circulated images of women who are not completely plucked, this form of hair removal that was classified as beautiful or ‘fashionable’ at the time. So the issue of female hair removal today has much to do with the images that circulate reference. Recently, some avant-garde magazines like V Magazine and Love have shown models without complete removal, while the Pirelli calendar few years ago hinted a tendency for full hair removal. The speeches of fashion today are many and are rarely fixed . Images depicting the theme have much to do, but this does not exhaust all the explanations for the subject.
  2. Are we witnessing a growing public dimension of this private and intimate female body? That is what you are before you racing to a mere individual decision increasingly seems to be more of a collective mandate? It has never been merely collective or purely individually. Historically, the female body has always been a sort of screen where ideals, conventions are designed and discussions of a culture. The female body always oscillates between public and private. On the one hand, from the sixties and in many parts of the world, women have more control over your body, on an individual level. On the other hand, the female body is always the public to the extent that it is used as an object of representation, for example, to sell fashion or as an object of erotic desire. One of the challenges of being a woman is always seeking balance between these discourses and images of the female body that circulate publicly, with personal decisions and practices. In the background, which reconfirms this is that the female body is still the place, physical and symbolic, where concerns of a society project. The interesting thing is that representations of the female body are almost always made from the male gaze.
  3. Is the removal of the legs and armpits, then pubis, related or linked to a social phenomenon or particular episode? Of course. Again, it has to do with the images that circulate at a particular time. In this case, for example, is linked to the rise of pornography that was particularly in the eighties, with the ideals of beauty that for some time now are considered desirable. Pornography has always existed, but since the eighties the world begins to globalize. The revolution in cable television, Internet and eventually made the images began to circulate more widely. Something similar happens with the incidence that the Brazilian on the issue of the total hair removal. Globalization, with free access to many more images allowed access to these forms of beauty, they became reference. The female depilation fluctuates, as shown by the cases that I mentioned earlier. They also reflect the ideals of femininity that have been anchoring globally. A few years ago, the television presenter Charlotte Roche allowed to grow hair under the armpits. His work was in German popular music channel. The picture caused a stir and multiple comments. Roche sometime later wrote a book where the central female character was the most active physical nastiness.A nastiness that ‘is not typical of the feminine’. Roche wanted to say what was in those feminine ideals that dominate our time, women do not have hair or get sick, nor smell. His book, radical and unpleasant, it was an answer to what is “naturally” feminine. Female hair removal has to do with the ideals of larger scale, also with dominating fashion, but also with the individuality of a woman.
  4. Is there any feminist current position since this issue?Feminism is a fairly wide current thinking, with many positions and many nuances. A feminist in the seventies could have pleaded one of the ideas most associated with “stale” feminism: leave the female body to “natural”, that is, without waxing. But what is “natural” also varies and is constructed socially and culturally. Having hair is not necessarily “natural”. Feminism also responds to the era in which it is pronounced. Feminist concerns of the seventies and eighties are not accurate to today. Perhaps now a woman plucking Postfeminism argue that their private parts is synonymous with having agency or control over their own bodies; while other feminists say that your decision is dictated by the dominant discourses that she takes as his advocate and perhaps something similar to a feminist from another time. Some feminists believe that use the fashion, beauty and sexuality gives them power. Others believe it is a weakness. As with any school of thought, the challenge is not to fall into a blind radicalism. Feminism today is challenged to navigate the grounds of being and appearance, in a world where images circulate each day more and without mediation.
  5. You think this depilatory mandate may be related to the expanded Hygienism with which we are bombarded by advertising? Or, what can obey? I think it has to do with the images that circulate in our time. Sometimes women are completely shaved, sometimes they leave a subtle sample without it disappear completely. Advertising is certainly a source for those images. Also printed magazines. Digital images. And so. What is beautiful, natural and fashion it varies according to context and that also depends on the degree of removal from one place to another.
  6. I do not know if you could share with us some thoughts that will arise these initiatives are taking fashion brands such as American Apparel American Apparel has a story to appeal to more “real” women’s bodies for their campaigns, it is true. It also has a reputation appeal to provocation to attract massive attention. We live in a world where the signals are becoming more difficult to read. You can not always determine the level of authenticity of a message. While the brand may simply want to interest the public in their windows to sell more. Or he could be making a statement about freedom a woman has to choose what she does with her body. It may be one of the two, or both combined, or none in particular. We are surrounded by so many images, so much visual information to make an impact is increasingly difficult. Read the content behind it is also symbol. What is certain is that these initiatives American Apparel confirm that the female body remains one of the most complex and thorny terrain. Finally, so much importance is given to this issue shows that if a women’s issue then becomes public debate. Nobody speaks of men’s hair.

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