The disappearance of pubic hair on women tells us something about contemporary female sexuality.
A new generation of college women who want to take in the casual carnality of the hook-up scene need to be be ready for sex, to be hip, cool and in the know.
They’ve seen the super models who are freshly waxed before putting on expensive bathing suits and lingerie.
It’s like designer accessories. Every girl wants to have a Louis Vuitton bag, along with that super-wax job.
If young women have a casual, un-waxed sexual encounter, they’re afraid it might ruin their reputations.
Actually, they’re striking a pornographic pose, one that first appeared in the hard-core porn films that have increasingly shaped the sexual imagination of legions of young men.
The eye of the hard-core porn camera hovers over female body parts. It’s a visual excess of physical acts with a minimum of sentiment. It’s not a love story.
Porn displays pubeless ‘babes’ to emphasize the female genital slit and the erect male shaft, now the standard of erotic desirability.
As pubic hair has disappeared on screen guys want sex with girls who look like the porn stars they fantasized about. They ask and women strike the pose.
Hair does a lot of symbolic work. In science-fiction movies, alien creatures are the hairless ones.
Hairlessness marks the post-human. Yet it is also marks the divide between human and animal. The hairy ones are closer to nature. Bring out the beast in us.
No wonder a lot of girls find the first appearance of pubic hair unnerving, ugly, even nauseating. A lot of women who wax say they hate that hair.
Pubic hair has an evolutionary function. It conducts plumes of sex pheromones into the atmosphere that signal a female’s readiness to reproduce and critical information about male and female genetic qualities.
Ovulating strippers get twice the tips as those who are having their periods. Life-making and mate selection are a smelling affair.
Shearing genital hair cleans up the zone. It displays free-standing sex organs, separated from reproductive sense, staging a physical encounter between erect boys and open girls in a magical garden where one can live forever.
Sex has to be hygienic these days. We accept anal sex, gang bangs and sadomasochism, so long as everyone involved is clean.
Hair has become dirty. Shaven bodies are healthy. It makes sex a compulsive obsessional disorder. One where you have a shower before, not after intercourse.