You Must Read This Passionate Manifesto on Women's Butt Hair

I keep saying I'm done writing or reading or thinking about the politics of body hair. I don't think the conversation should be retired — it still has merit in a feminist academic sense, and it certainly takes a financial and emotional toll on a lot of women (a burden that is not equally applied to men). But I just… » 2/12/14 4:15pm 2/12/14 4:15pm

Pubic Hair Grooming Injuries Have Increased Fivefold

In our time, uncertainty over What Should Be Done With Our Pubes has launched one thousand feminist think pieces (and, recently, a fleet of attention-seeking merkins to an American Apparel near you). In theory, I think the aestheticization of the hairless female body is interesting and quite telling. In practice,… » 1/20/14 5:45pm 1/20/14 5:45pm

Body Hair: You're Doing It Wrong

If there are two things I know about body hair, they're that 1) it's hair and it grows out of your body; and 2) no matter what you're doing with it, you're a terrible person. That's pretty much where my knowledge ends. Our culture's messaging on body hair is so convoluted and politicized and contradictory at this point … » 7/17/13 1:00pm 7/17/13 1:00pm

This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Pubes

We'll probably be discussing pubic hair until there's a nuclear apocalypse and all the hair burns off our bodies. And with our skin frying in the sun, one woman will turn to another and say, "Well, I'm dying — but at least I look tan." At least that's how it feels to read yet another article about pubic hair, how much… » 6/14/13 6:00pm 6/14/13 6:00pm

All The Cool Kids Are Getting Mustache Implants

A mustache is a man's best friend, at least according to the ironic novelty holiday gift table at Urban Outfitters that's always surrounded by giggling unsupervised tweens and mothers who don't know what to buy their adolescents for Christmas. While in the US the 'stache currently appeals to hipsters and Ron Swanson… » 11/29/12 11:40am 11/29/12 11:40am

1870s DIY Depilatory Creams Featured Lye And Arsenic

Household almanac Youman's Dictionary of Every-day Wants: Containing Twenty Thousand Receipts in Nearly Every Department of Human Effort offered some handy tips for at-home hair removal in 1872. You, too, can make "those substances which act upon the bulbous roots of the hairs, and destroy their vitality," provided you… » 3/28/11 3:21pm 3/28/11 3:21pm

Dudes: Cut The Crap, Cut Your Ball Hair

I never get that offended by guys who have pube preferences for the women they date - unless they are militant about bald vaginas - because I understand the dislike of a mouthful of long, coarse hair. And that's why I recently told my man that he needed to do something about that giant, overgrown mass between his legs… » 12/02/08 7:00pm 12/02/08 7:00pm

Paying Someone To Cut You Is Growing In Popularity

The economy may be in the crapper, but Americans know what's really important: Looking good! Science Daily reports that plastic surgery procedures will quadruple by the year 2015. They're predicting that cosmetic surgery will weather the current decline, and that in 7 years, 55 million surgeries will be performed… » 6/25/08 1:20pm 6/25/08 1:20pm

Do You Shave Your Legs Before Hitting The Stirrups?

Last week I went to the gynecologist. The second I arranged myself in the stirrups I had a startling realization: I hadn't shaved my legs in more than a week. Question is: Is this uncouth? Is there etiquette about such things? Was my lady-parts doctor insulted that I hadn't even bothered to take a shower for him, yet… » 12/11/07 3:20pm 12/11/07 3:20pm