Ladieeeees! It's summer time, and it's time to talk about hairless vaginas. The Brazilian wax (aka vaginal water-boarding) is more popular then ever before. And today, the majority of American women prefer their private parts to look more Danny DeVito than Magnum Pi. A new study this week cited by the New York Times blog found that a whopping 62% of women opt for total hair removal, while 84% reported at least moderate "grooming."
But though women have been shaving or waxing or plucking or sheering their pubes for some time now, their reasons for doing so have shifted. Past research showed that women groomed to "facilitate sexual activity," but this survey found that the majority (59%) now groom for "hygiene" purposes.
“Many women think they are dirty and unclean if they haven’t groomed,” said the study's lead author Dr. Tami S. Rowen, an obstetrician-gynecologist. (Note: Can we stop saying "groomed"? A vagina is not a show dog).