Brazilian waxing has had its roots in ancient times, dating back to times when societies used it as a means of maintaining hygiene as lice, fleas and body odour became a problem. Of course back then, it certainly wasn’t known as Brazilian waxing. Nevertheless, despite what it has been called in the past, it has certainly evolved to become a procedure endured to ensure aesthetic beauty, particularly by women.
Brazilian waxing generally entails removing the hair around the pubic area with wax. Often a preferred technique due to the baby smooth results (if done correctly), Brazilians are now done mostly because of the assumption that women are supposed to be smooth down under no thanks to pornography. Brazilians have long been associated with porn stars as porn often showcases women who are as clean as the day they were born but purely due to reasons such as going bare down there helps the camera zoom in on penetrative shots better and also due to fetishes.
The pressure of getting a Brazilian has been said to come from none other than men. Patriarchal and Misogynistic views on sex and women have left us with the assumption that men are the ones who actually want women to get Brazilians. However, is this really true? We get to the root of the matter and ask men about their preferences on whether they like lady gardens to be barren of foliage, trimmed or allowed to grow wild.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. Generally it’s up to the individual. I suppose keeping it tidy is acceptable. I wouldn’t mind if my partner had a Brazilian as it’s more to do with hygiene than a taboo to have hair there. – Jonathan, 21
“Having a Brazilian done is up to the individual, but removing pubic hair can be detrimental to the cleanliness of the pubic region as it helps to trap dirt. On the other hand, removing pubic hair can make it easier to clean as it allows more thorough washing to prevent infections. So why would it bother me? Generally speaking it’s the woman’s choice right? Well, pubic hair doesn’t physically prevent sex so it’s fine I guess. “– Leo, 24
“I prefer it bare but wouldn’t mind if there was some hair. Just don’t give me the whole Amazon Jungle kind of experience and I’ll be fine.” – Jo, 25
“Well, if it’s for work (bikini models) then sure. But if it’s for fun then it’s personal preference. Personally as an Asian, I’d rather girls keep their forests.” – Rick, 20
“Due to porn, men have delusional standards when it comes to vaginal image which is often depicted as smoother than silk (hairless) which surprisingly enough men fail to achieve as well. Hence, the irony is that men generally prefer women with less to no pubic hair yet they themselves do not adhere to the same standards. Personally, a less or not bushy one seems more seductive to myself which I believe is due to the influence of the pornography I prefer.” – Sebastian, 21
“I think it depends on the occasion for me. On normal days don’t do anything about it, it’s natural and the bush is there for a reason and it’s also sexy in its own way. But if it was for a honeymoon or special occasion shave it!! It presents a different twist to the norm.” – W.J. Khor, 23
“My opinion on Brazilians is that it’s clean. Aesthetically to me it is an appearance which a person personally prefers. Either they are active in sports of they just want to be plain clean. So there are no objections towards Brazilian waxing. I wouldn’t mind if my partner has had a Brazilian done.”– Desmond, 27
“Pubic hair grows for a reason, which is to help our body function correctly. But nowadays, a lot of people claim that it’s for hygiene purposes or personal wants. So it depends on the person whether they want to have a Brazilian or not. I personally don’t mind whether my partner has done it or not.” – Bob, 22
“I prefer a trimmed bush. I like neither a super smooth one or a forest because if it’s too smooth I’d see the skin and I don’t like that, but if it’s too bushy…are you trying to hide a booty chest under there?” – Patrick, 23
In a nutshell, it seems some Malaysian men don’t mind whether or not it’s a topiary or a jungle down there. Unfortunately for Brazilian wax enthusiasts, the procedure may come with a few nasty side effects. Several healthcare specialists have agreed that instead of leaving your skin smooth and hairless, it may cause more harm than good. Waxing the genitals often makes the skin more vulnerable, aiding the spread of STIs and other infections. Additionally, the hot wax used often results in burns or worse, torn skin that comes off along with the hair. So ladies, beware of going bare.
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