A FEW SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT SHAVING OF THE PUBIC HAIR HAS TO DO WITH CULTURAL TRENDS SPAWNED BY CERTAIN HAIRLESS ACTORS AND ACTRESSES OR EVEN A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT AT HYGIENE.
Pubic shaving actually originated in ancient Egypt and Greece, when prostitutes had to shave for both hygienic reasons and as a clear sign of their profession. Although female body shaving was established as the norm between 1915 and 1945, pubic hair removal did not actually gain a strong foothold until the 1980’s.
However, a new study shows that 60 % of women had, at least, one health complication incurred from pubic hair removal, typically epidermal abrasion (invisible cuts to the skin) and ingrown hairs. It was also shown to cause severe skin irritation, infections and – according to an older study – increase the spread and transmission of STIs.