Dr. Emily Gibson, family physician and friend of naturally growing pubic hair, is a little perplexed by the modern obsession with hair removal. Since she’s often a witness to the physical fallout of this uncomfortable practice — genital boils, abscesses, and infections are just a few of her unfortunate encounters — her quest to end the war on pubic hair is understandable.
“Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, and protection from bacteria,” Gibson told The Independent. “It is the visible result of adolescent hormones and certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.”
Don’t think that frequent shaving and/or waxing does damage to your body? Consider this: Removing unwanted pubic hair essentially leaves tiny microscopic wounds on your crotch. When this unprotected area is combined with the moist environment generally associated with the region, it creates the ideal environment for all sorts of nasty bacteria to hang out. In fact, surgeons have been instructed to leave hair in place unless, of course, it interferes with the scheduled procedure.
Of course, there are plenty of companies out there that want you to keep plucking, shaving, and waxing your bikini area. After all, looking good is pretty big business. The Independent reports that the hair removal market is worth $2.1 billion in the United States alone, with the United Kingdom following close behind.
Don’t mistake her intentions, as Gibson isn’t really concerned with attacking modern-day fashions. Instead, she’s more concerned with a generation of youngsters who are opening themselves up to terrible infections and a wide array of sexually transmitted diseases.
“It is time to declare a truce in the war on pubic hair and allow it to stay right where it belongs,” Gibson said. That’s a tough stance to have in the middle of bikini season.