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Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 1. ... This article is about the body feature. ... This article is about the body feature. ... Distribution of androgenic hair on human female and male bodies Androgenic hair, colloquially Body hair, is the terminal hair on the human body developed during and after puberty. ... One kind of modern beard. ... The term chest hair is generally used to describe hair that grows on the chest of human males, in the region between the neck and the abdomen. ... Underarm hair of a female human Underarm hair of a male human First advert for depilatory powder in a Bazaar Magazine 1915 Underarm hair (Axillary hair) is the composition of hair in the underarm area. ... The term abdominal hair refers to the hair that grows on the abdomen (belly) of humans and non-human mammals, in the region between the pubic area and the thorax (chest). ... Leg hair of a 17-year old white male Leg hair is hair that grows on the legs of humans, generally appearing at the onset of adulthood. ... Vellus hair is short, fine, peach fuzz body hair. ... Developed hair, which is generally longer, coarser, thicker, and darker than vellus hair. ... Lanugo are hairs that grow on the body to attempt to insulate it because of lack of fat. ... Hair color redirects here. ... Hypertrichosis is a medical term, also known as Wolfitis, referring to a condition of excessive body hair. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hair removal describes any method of removing hair, especially from the human body. ... Bald redirects here; for other uses see Bald (disambiguation). ... This article is about the body feature. ... A sex organ, or primary sexual characteristic, narrowly defined, is any of those parts of the body (which are not always bodily organs according to the strict definition) which are involved in sexual reproduction and constitute the reproductive system in an complex organism; namely: Male: penis (notably the glans penis... The groin is the crease at the junction of the torso with the legs and the adjacent region that includes the external genitals. ...


Although fine vellus hair is present in the area in childhood, the term pubic hair is generally restricted to the heavier, longer hair that develops with puberty as an effect of rising levels of androgens. Pubic hair is therefore part of the androgenic hair. Vellus hair is short, fine, peach fuzz body hair. ... Androgen is the generic term for any natural or synthetic compound, usually a steroid hormone, that stimulates or controls the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics in vertebrates by binding to androgen receptors. ... Distribution of androgenic hair on human female and male bodies Androgenic hair, colloquially Body hair, is the terminal hair on the human body developed during and after puberty. ...

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Development of pubic hair

Female pubic hair
Female pubic hair
Male pubic hair

Before puberty, the genital area of both boys and girls has very fine vellus hair, referred to as Tanner stage 1 hair. As puberty begins, the body produces rising levels of the sex hormones known as androgens, and in response the skin of the genital area begins to produce thicker, often curlier, hair with a faster growth rate. The onset of pubic hair development is termed pubarche. The change for each hair follicle is relatively abrupt, but the extent of skin which grows androgenic hair gradually increases over several years. Image File history File links Question_book-new. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (996x650, 126 KB) Summary Copied from french wikipedia. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (996x650, 126 KB) Summary Copied from french wikipedia. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 439 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 439 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... The Tanner stages (also known as the Tanner scale) are stages of physical development in children, adolescents and adults. ... Sex hormones are hormones that affect the reproductive system. ... Pubarche refers to the first appearance of pubic hair in a child. ... A hair follicle is part of the skin that grows hair by packing old cells together. ...


In males, the first pubic hair appears as a few sparse hairs on the scrotum or at the upper base of the penis (stage 2). Within a year, hairs around the base of the penis are numerous (stage 3). Within 3 to 4 years, hair fills the pubic area (stage 4) and becomes much thicker and darker, and by 5 years extends to the near thighs and upwards on the abdomen toward the umbilicus (stage 5). In some male mammals the scrotum is a protuberance of skin and muscle containing the testicles. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ...


Other areas of the skin are similarly, though slightly less, sensitive to androgens and androgenic hair typically appears somewhat later. In rough sequence of sensitivity to androgens and appearance of androgenic hair, are the armpits (axillae), perianal area, upper lip, preauricular areas (sideburns), periareolar areas (nipples), middle of the chest, neck under the chin, remainder of chest and beard area, limbs and shoulders, back, and buttocks. The armpit (or axilla) is the area on the human body directly under the area where the arm connects to the shoulder. ... Nipple is, generally, the name given to the mammalian nipple, or to things resembling it, such as the tip of an artificial teat or the tip of a grease secreting mechanism in machinery. ... The term chest hair is generally used to describe hair that grows on the chest of human males, in the region between the neck and the abdomen. ... For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ...


Although generally considered part of the process of puberty, pubarche is distinct and independent of the process of maturation of the gonads that leads to sexual maturation and fertility. Pubic hair can develop from adrenal androgens alone, and can develop even when the ovaries or testes are defective and nonfunctional. See puberty for details. Pubarche refers to the first appearance of pubic hair in a child. ... // For ovary as part of plants see ovary (plants) An ovary is an egg-producing reproductive organ found in female organisms. ... Human male anatomy The testicles, known medically as testes (singular testis), are the male generative glands in animals. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ...


There is little if any difference in the capacity of male and female bodies to grow hair in response to androgens. The obvious sex-dimorphic difference in hair distribution in men and women is primarily a result of differences in the levels of androgen reached as maturity occurs. Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size, between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ...


Pubic hair and axillary (armpit) hair can vary in color considerably from the hair of the scalp. In most people it is darker, although it can also be lighter. On some individuals, pubic hair is thick and/or coarse; on others it may be sparse and/or fine. Hair texture varies from tightly curled to entirely straight. Pubic hair patterns can also vary by race and ethnicity. Armpit Hair Media declaring female armpit hair as a scandal Armpit hair is the composition of hair in the underarm area. ... For other uses, see Race. ... This article or section should be merged with ethnic group Ethnicity is the cultural characteristics that connect a particular group or groups of people to each other. ...


Patterns of pubic hair, known as the escutcheon, vary between the genders. On most women, the pubic patch is triangular and lies over the mons veneris, or mound of Venus. On many men, the pubic patch tapers upwards to a line of hair pointing towards the navel (see abdominal hair), roughly a more upward-pointing triangle. As with axillary (armpit) hair, pubic hair is associated with a concentration of sebaceous glands in the area. In human anatomy, the mons veneris (Latin, mound of Venus), is the soft mound of flesh just over the vulva in females (more generally in mammals it is called the mons pubis), raised above the surrounding area due to a pad of fat lying just beneath it. ... For other uses, see Navel (disambiguation). ... The term abdominal hair refers to the hair that grows on the abdomen (belly) of humans and non-human mammals, in the region between the pubic area and the thorax (chest). ... Schematic view of a hair follicle with sebaceous gland. ...


Function

Various theories concerning the function(s) of pubic hair include:

Sexual maturity is the age/stage when an organism can reproduce. ... Fanning honeybee exposes Nasonov gland (white-at tip of abdomen) releasing pheromone to entice swarm into an empty hive A pheromone is any chemical produced by a living organism that transmits a message to other members of the same species. ... For other uses, see Friction (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ...

Cultural

Pubic hair in art

Heinrich Aldegrever's Eve, 1540. A rare early example of pubic hair in northern European art.
Heinrich Aldegrever's Eve, 1540. A rare early example of pubic hair in northern European art.

In ancient Egyptian art, female pubic hair is indicated in the form of painted black triangles.[citation needed] In classical European art, it was very rarely depicted, and male pubic hair was often, but not always, omitted.[citation needed] Sometimes it was portrayed in stylized form. The same was true in much Indian art, and in other Eastern portrayals of the nude. In 16th century southern Europe Michelangelo felt able to show the male David with stylized pubic hair, but female bodies remained hairless below the head. Nevertheless, Michelangelo’s male nudes on the Sistine chapel ceiling display no pubic hair. In renaissance northern Europe, pubic hair was more likely to be portrayed than in the south, more usually male, but occasionally female. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (735x1141, 1302 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pubic hair Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (735x1141, 1302 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pubic hair Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Heinrich Aldegrever or Aldegraf (1502-1538), German painter and engraver, was born at Paderborn, from which he moved in early life to Soest, where he died. ... A miniature, Kishengarh, Jaipur, Rajasthan Indian cave art at Bhimbetka The vast scope of the art of India intertwines with the cultural history, religions and philosophies which place art production and patronage in social and cultural contexts. ... For other uses, see Michelangelo (disambiguation). ... This article is about adult human males. ... Michelangelos David, sculpted from 1501 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelos two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. It is the statue of the young Israelite king David alone that almost certainly holds the title of the most recognizable stone... The iconic image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam. ... This article is about the European Renaissance of the 14th-17th centuries. ...


By the 17th century, suggestions of female pubic hair appear in pornographic engravings, such as those by Agostino Carracci.[citation needed] By the late 18th century female pubic hair is openly portrayed in Japanese shunga (erotica), especially in the ukiyo-e tradition.[citation needed] Hokusai's picture The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, depicting a woman having an erotic fantasy, is a well-known example. Despite this Fine art paintings and sculpture created before the 20th century in the Western tradition usually depicted women without pubic hair or a visible vulva.[citation needed] Head of a Faun (c. ... Shunga ) is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. ... View of Mount Fuji from Numazu, part of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō series by Hiroshige, published 1850 Ukiyo-e ), pictures of the floating world, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of... Katsushika Hokusai, (葛飾北斎), (1760—1849[1]), was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period . ... The Dream of the Fishermans Wife by Hokusai. ... Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... Sculptor redirects here. ... Diverse women. ... The vulva (from Latin, vulva, plural vulvae or vulvas; see etymology) is the region of the external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, mons pubis, labia minora, clitoris, bulb of the vestibule, vestibule of the vagina, greater and lesser vestibular glands, and vaginal orifice. ...


It has been alleged[weasel words] that John Ruskin, the famous author, artist, and art critic, was apparently accustomed only to the hairless nudes portrayed unrealistically in art, never having seen a naked woman before his wedding night. He was allegedly so shocked by his discovery of his wife Effie's pubic hair that he rejected her, and the marriage was later legally annulled. He is supposed[weasel words] to have thought his wife was freakish and deformed.[1] This theory originated with Ruskin's biographer, Mary Luytens. It is much-repeated. For example Gene Weingarten in his book I'm with Stupid (2004) writes that "Ruskin had it [the marriage] annulled because he was horrified to behold upon his bride a thatch of hair, rough and wild, similar to a man's. He thought her a monster."[2] However, there is no proof for this, and some disagree. Peter Fuller in his book Theoria: Art and the Absence of Grace writes, "It has been said that he was frightened on the wedding night by the sight of his wife's pubic hair; more probably, he was perturbed by her menstrual blood." Ruskin's biographers Tim Hilton and John Batchelor also believe that menstruation is the more likely explanation.[citation needed] Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ... Nude redirects here. ... photograph by Lewis Carroll of Effie Gray and John Millais with two of their children c1860, signed by Effie. ... Gene Weingarten Gene Weingarten, born in New York in 1951, is a humor writer and journalist. ... Peter Michael Fuller (31st August 1947 in Damascus, Syria — 1990) was a British art critic and magazine editor who was educated at Epsom College and Peterhouse, Cambridge. ...

Michelangelo's David shows pubic hair.
Michelangelo's David shows pubic hair.

Francisco Goya's The Nude Maja has been considered as probably the first European painting to show woman's pubic hair, though others had hinted at it. (Lucas Cranach's 'The Nymph of the Spring' c.1537, Washington National Gallery, has distinct pubic hair.) The painting was considered quite pornographic at the time.[citation needed] Download high resolution version (500x711, 63 KB)Subject: David by Michelangelo Location: Accademia Gallery, Florence Source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (500x711, 63 KB)Subject: David by Michelangelo Location: Accademia Gallery, Florence Source: [1] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Michelangelos David, sculpted from 1501 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelos two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. It is the statue of the young Israelite king David alone that almost certainly holds the title of the most recognizable stone... Goya redirects here. ... La maja desnuda (The Nude Maja) is an oil painting on canvas by the master Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya, that portrays a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows. ...


Gustave Courbet's L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World, 1866), was considered scandalous because it showed the exposed female genitals in their totality with thick hair. Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. ... L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World) is a painting by Gustave Courbet painted in 1866. ...


Examples of male pubic hair in contemporary art are harder to find. This article is about the Male sex. ... Contemporary art can be defined variously as art produced at this present point in time or art produced since World War II. The definition of the word contemporary would support the first view, but museums of contemporary art commonly define their collections as consisting of art produced since World War...


In Japanese drawings pubic hair is often---such as in hentai---omitted, since for a long time the display of pubic hair was not legal. The interpretation of the law has since changed. Hentai )   is a Japanese word that can be used to mean metamorphosis or abnormality. In Japan hentai has a negative connotation, and is commonly used to mean sexually perverted. In the West the term is used as slang for sexually explicit or pornographic comics and animation, particularly Japanese anime, manga...


Ironically, it is also in Japan where pubic hair is seen as something highly attractive. However, in many Middle Eastern and eastern European cultures, pubic hair is considered unclean, and for matters of both religion and/or good hygiene, women in those cultures have removed their pubic hair for centuries. Some examples of regions where this is typical are ancient Persia, Turkey, Albania and ethnic-Albanian portions of Kosovo, and in many other cultures throughout the Mediterranean. A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Eastern Europe is, by convention, a region defined geographically as that part of Europe covering the eastern part of the continent. ... Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ... For other uses of this term see: Persia (disambiguation) The Persian Empire is the name used to refer to a number of historic dynasties that have ruled the country of Persia (Iran). ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ...

Modification of pubic hair

In Islamic societies, removing the pubic hair is a religiously endorsed practice.[3]


Trimming or completely removing pubic hair has become a custom in many cultures. A preference for hairless genitals is known as acomoclitism. The method of removing hair is called depilation (when removing only the hair above the skin) or epilation (when removing the entire hair). The trimming or removal of body hair by men is sometimes referred to as manscaping. Depilation is a generic term for hair removal which affects the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. ... La Naissance de Venus by Eugène Emmanuel Amaury-Duval (1808-1885) shows a woman portrayed with no genital hair. ... Depilation is a generic term for hair removal which affects the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Reasoning

Some arguments for modification of pubic hair have included:[4]

For other uses, see Fashion (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tradition (disambiguation). ... Sexual behavior is a form of physical intimacy that may be directed to reproduction (one possible goal of sexual intercourse) and/or to the enjoyment of activity involving sexual gratification. ... Oral sex consists of all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, which may include use of the tongue, teeth, and throat, to stimulate genitalia. ... Variation in the physical appearance of humans is believed by anthropologists to be an important factor in the development of personality and social relations in particular physical attractiveness. ... Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ...

Style

The modification of pubic hair can also be considered a statement about one's style or personal lifestyle as can leaving it unmodified. The fashion designer Mary Quant was famously proud that her husband trimmed hers into a heart shape.[citation needed] Mary Quant OBE FCSD (born 11 February 1934 in Kent, England) was an English fashion designer, one of the many designers who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants. ...


Some styles include:[5]

  • Natural — no trimming and/or maintenance
  • Trimmed — hair length is shortened but not removed or shaped
  • Triangle — hair removed (generally waxed) from the sides to form a triangle so that pubic hair cannot be seen while wearing swimwear. This can range from the very edge of the "bikini line" to up to an inch reduction on either side. Hair length can be from an inch and a half to half an inch
  • Landing strip — hair sharply removed from the sides to form a long centered vertical rectangle, hair length about quarter of an inch
  • "Chaplin" mustache — a shorter, square version of the landing strip
  • Brazilian waxing/G-wax — pubic hair completely removed except for a very thin remnant, centered, narrow stripe above the vulva approximately an inch in height, and the hair length in the sub-centimeter range
  • Full-Brazilian/Hollywood/Bare — Pubic hair completely removed
  • Fauxhawk— hair is styled in Mohawk fashion without shaving the hair
  • Mohawk — shaving the hair on the left and right, leaving the middle to be spiked
  • Dyed hair — coloring pubic hair to match hair on the head or to give it a unique look (for example, red--in the shape of a heart)
  • The Butch/The Bull — trimming all the hair very short except for a small perpetual long patch (AKA rattail) resembling a popular hairstyle among lesbian women.[citation needed]
  • Others — V-shaped, heart-shaped, arrow, initials, etc. These are usually variations of the Brazilian/G-wax, where a design is formed of the pubic hair above completely bare vulva

For other uses, see Trim. ... A swimsuit, bathing suit or swimming costume is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ... Look up Landing strip in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Chaplin (left) sporting his trademark moustache A toothbrush moustache is a bushy moustache, shaved at the edges, except for three to five centimetres above the centre of the lip. ... Brazilian waxing is a type of waxing involving the bikini area. ... Brazilian waxing is a type of waxing involving the bikini area. ... The fauxhawk hairstyle is an approximation of a mohawk made without buzzing or shaving the sides of the head, allowing an imitation of the extreme look of a true mohawk without having to commit to it by shaving the head. ... The famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant wearing a scalp lock. ... The famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant wearing a scalp lock. ... This article could benefit from improvement in writing style to reach the quality described in the guide to writing the perfect article. ... Genera Many; see text Grenadiers or rattails (less commonly whiptails) are generally large, brown to black gadiform marine fish of the family Macrouridae. ...

Health issues

The health issues of pubic hair are controversial. Some studies show that removal of pubic hair may cause fungal infection of genitalia. toes infection brown with white markings ...


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References

  1. ^ artnet.com Magazine Features - Pudenda Agenda
  2. ^ Weingarten, I'm With Stupid, p.150-1.
  3. ^ Understanding Islam; Islamic Ruling on Waxing Unwanted Hair Retrieved March, 29, 2006.
  4. ^ The Hair Down There, University of California, Santa Barbara's SexInfo Retrieved May, 4, 2007.
  5. ^ Hair varieties

See also

The term abdominal hair refers to the hair that grows on the abdomen (belly) of humans and non-human mammals, in the region between the pubic area and the thorax (chest). ... Bikini waxing is a type of hair removal in the pubic region. ... This article is about the body feature. ... Hirsutism (from Latin hirsutus = shaggy, hairy) is defined as excessive and increased hair growth in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal hair normally is minimal or absent. ... For other uses, see Merkin (disambiguation). ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... Underarm hair of a female human Underarm hair of a male human First advert for depilatory powder in a Bazaar Magazine 1915 Underarm hair (Axillary hair) is the composition of hair in the underarm area. ...

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