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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. 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 on the skin of the genital area. Pubic hair is therefore part of the androgenic hair. Young Girl Fixing her Hair, by Sophie Gengembre Anderson Hair is a filamentous outgrowth from the skin, found mainly in mammals. ... 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... Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area and in the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. ... 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 female and male body Androgenic hair is caused by the rising level of male hormones (androgens) due to puberty that causes a transformation process of vellus hair into terminal hair on several parts of the human body. ...

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Development of pubic hair

Before puberty, the genital area of both boys and girls has very fine vellus hair, referred to as Tanner stage 1 hair. In response to rising levels of androgens as puberty begins, 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. 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. ... 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. ... Pubarche refers to the first appearance of pubic hair in a child. ...


In most girls, pubic hair first appears along the edges of the labia majora (stage 2), and spreads forward to the mons (stage 3) over the next 2 years. By 3 years into puberty (roughly the time of menarche for most girls), the pubic triangle is densely filled. Within another 2 years pubic hair also grows from the near thighs in most young women, and sometimes a small amount up the line of the abdomen toward the umbilicus. Labium (pl. ... The mons pubis of a human male, aged 20 years, is very prominent between the abdomen and the genitals. ... Menarche is the first menstrual period, or first menstrual bleeding. ... An umbilicus which appears as a depression in the abdomen is referred to as an innie. The umbilicus (commonly called a navel, or belly button) is a scar on the abdomen, caused when the umbilical cord is removed from a newborn baby. ...


In boys, 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 too numerous to count (stage 3), and within 3 to 4 years, hair fills the pubic area (stage 4), 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 an external bag 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. ... A beard is the hair that grows on a mans chin, cheeks, neck, and the area above the upper lip (the opposite is a clean-shaven face). ...


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. Human female internal reproductive anatomy Ovaries are egg-producing reproductive organs 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 form between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ...

A woman's pubic hair
A woman's pubic hair
A man's pubic hair
A man's pubic hair

Patterns of pubic hair vary among people. On some people, pubic hair is thick and/or coarse, while on others it may be sparse and/or fine. Image File history File links Pubic_hair. ... Image File history File links Pubic_hair. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1175x826, 237 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1175x826, 237 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


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 many men, pubic hair color is closest to the color of their beards (before their beards start turning white with age), which again can vary from the color of the hair on top of the head. 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). As with axillary (armpit) hair, pubic hair is associated with a concentration of sebaceous glands in the area. Armpit Hair Media declaring female armpit hair as a scandal Armpit hair is the composition of hair in the underarm 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 the plant of this name, see Umbilicus rupestris. ... 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). ... The sebaceous glands are glands found in the skin of mammals. ...


Reason for pubic hair

It is believed that the functions of pubic hair include the dissemination of pheromones and protection from the friction of sexual intercourse. Natural selection may also have sustained it because it can show a potential sexual partner that the other person is sexually mature and can reproduce. Pubic hair and the growth between the tops of the legs and the buttocks, like under arm hair, helps to lubricate the areas, making movement smoother and more comfortable. 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. ... It has been suggested that Frictional force be merged into this article or section. ... Coition of a Hemisected Man and Woman (c. ...


There is no definitive theory on the reason for the existence of pubic hair. The prevailing theory relates to pheromones — scents that the body produces that can be sexually stimulating to others. In this theory, the tufts of hair that grow around the genitals, as well as under the arms, capture these erotic scents. Pheromones get trapped in the pubic hair when apocrine glands release an odorless secretion on the surface of the skin that combines with bacteria decomposed by the secretions of the sebaceous glands. Humans have the same number of hair follicles as gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, but body hair is generally very fine or barely visible in comparison. So, while pubic hair and underarm hair might be considered the primary scent traps, they are not the only ones. For some people, scents from these areas are noticeable and consciously increase sexual arousal. Pheromones might not be obvious but may be detected subconsciously. 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. ...


Another theory is that the pubic hair keeps the genitals warm. The purpose of women's pubic hair could be similar to that of the cilia in the nose, in that it prevents small foreign particles from entering the vagina. However, this doesn't explain male pubic hair. cross-section of two cilia, showing 9+2 structure A cilium (plural cilia) is a fine projection from a eukaryotic cell that constantly beats in one direction. ...


Pubic hair also has a tendency to trap "crab lice" that cause genital herpes. Removal of the majority of pubic hair, combined with daily cleansing, will ensure that the vagina stays sanitary, healthy, clean, and attractive.


Cultural

Attitudes

Attitudes toward pubic hair are similar to those regarding axillary armpit hair in that cultural and personal norms can be reflected in reactions ranging from pleasure to revulsion, both for the presence and absence of such hair. As with any sexually charged matter there are persons of both sexes who have strong points of view toward the culturally related issues associated with presence or lack of body hair.


Some common slang includes bush, muff, short and curlies, pubes, fuzz.[1]


Pubic hair in art

Hokusai's print The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife', c. 1820
Hokusai's print The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife', c. 1820
Francisco Goya, The Nude Maja
Francisco Goya, The Nude Maja
Gustave Courbet's L’Origine du monde (1866), Musée d'Orsay.

In ancient Egyptian art female pubic hair is straightforwardly indicated in the form of painted black triangles, for example in images of the sky-goddess Nut.[8] In classical European art it was very rarely depicted, and male pubic hair was often, but not always, omitted.[2] Sometimes it was portrayed in stylised form. The same was true in much Indian art, and in other Eastern portrayals of the nude. In 16th century 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. The Dream of the Fishermans Wife; circa 1820, hence no copyright. ... The Dream of the Fishermans Wife; circa 1820, hence no copyright. ... The Naked Maja painted by Francisco Goya The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... The Naked Maja painted by Francisco Goya The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Download high resolution version (1516x1290, 243 KB) L’Origine du monde, par Gustave Courbet en 1866. ... Download high resolution version (1516x1290, 243 KB) L’Origine du monde, par Gustave Courbet en 1866. ... L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World) is a painting by Gustave Courbet painted in 1866. ... The Musee d Orsay is a museum in Paris. ... In Egyptian mythology, Nuit or Nut was the sky goddess, in contrast to most other mythologies, which usually have a sky father. ... A miniature, Kishengarh, Rajasthan 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. ... Chalk portrait of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet. ... Photograph of a nude man by Wilhelm von Gloeden, ca. ... Michelangelos David, sculpted from 1500 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelos two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. However, it is the David alone that almost certainly holds the title of the most recognizable statue in the history of art. ... The entire ceiling Diagram of the ceiling The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City was painted by Michelangelo during the Italian Renaissance between 1508 and 1512. ...


By the 17th century, suggestions of female pubic hair appear in pornographic engravings, such as those by Agostino Carracci. By the late 18th century female pubic hair is openly portrayed in Japanese shunga (erotica), especially in the ukiyo-e tradition. 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. Categories: People stubs | 1557 births | 1602 deaths | Italian painters ... For other uses of the term Shunga see Shunga (disambiguation) Shunga ((春画) is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. ... View of Mount Fuji from Satta Point in the Suruga Bay, ukiyo-e by Hiroshige, published 1859 Ukiyo-e ), pictures of the floating world, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th century, featuring motifs of landscapes, the theater and pleasure quarters. ... In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa (from a Series of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji) by Katsushika Hokusai. ... The Dream of the Fishermans Wife is an erotic woodcut made circa 1820 by Hokusai, perhaps the first instance of tentacled creatures appearing in Japanese erotica (sometimes called tentacle sex). ... The Cornfield is an oil on canvas painting by John Constable in 1826 Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... An Italian Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA). ... A nude contemporary European woman (depilated). ... Labeled picture of external human female reproductive anatomy. ...


It has been argued 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 to have thought his wife was freakish and deformed. [3] Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ... Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing. ... photograph by Lewis Carroll of Effie Gray and John Millais with two of their children c1860, signed by Effie. ...


Francisco Goya's The Nude Maja was probably the first European painting to show woman's pubic hair, though others had hinted at it. The painting was considered quite pornographic at the time. Goyas self-portrait This article is about Francisco Goya, a Spanish painter. ... La Maja Desnuda (The Nude Maja) is a oil painting on canvas by the master Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya, that portrays a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows. ...

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

Gustave Courbet's L’Origine du monde (1866), was considered scandalous because it showed the female body in its totality with hair. 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 1500 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelos two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. However, it is the David alone that almost certainly holds the title of the most recognizable statue in the history of art. ... Gustave Courbet (portrait by Nadar). ... 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. The shield and spear of the Roman God Mars are often used to represent the male sex In heterogamous species, male is the sex of an organism, or of a part of an organism, which typically produces smaller, mobile gametes (spermatozoa) that are able to fertilise female gametes (ova). ... The term contemporary art generally refers to art being done now. ...


In Japanese drawings pubic hair is often omitted for legal reasons, such as the practices in hentai, as for a long time the display of pubic hair was not legal. The interpretation of the law has since changed. Hentai magazines on display in Japan Hentai ) is a Japanese word that means transformation or aberration and is used in biology to refer to metamorphosis. ...


Ironically, it is also in Japan where pubic hair is seen as something highly attractive. Because Asian people often have thin pubic hair, there even exists a fashion product of artificial hair designed to put on and give the impression of a full bush of pubic hair. 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. [4] 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 is commonly understood as preventing infection through 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). ... Kosovo (Albanian: Kosovë/Kosova, Serbian: Косово и Метохија/Kosovo i Metohija) is one of two autonomous provinces in Serbia (the other being Vojvodina, in northern Serbia). ... 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.[5]

A woman with fully shaven pubic hair.
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A woman with fully shaven pubic hair.

Trimming or completely removing pubic hair has become a custom in many cultures. A preference for hairless genitals is known as acomoclitism. The methodology 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. ... Manscaping is a neologism that was brought into American homes in 2004 by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; portmanteau for landscaping the male body by shaving, trimming, waxing, or brushing the body hair. ...

A man shaving his pubic hair (manscaping).
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A man shaving his pubic hair (manscaping).

Reasoning

Some arguments for modification of pubic hair have included:

The term fashion applies to a prevailing mode of expression. ... The word tradition, comes from the Latin word traditio which means to hand down or to hand over. ... Oral sex (from Latin os, oris mouth) consists of all the sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth and tongue, to stimulate genitalia. ...

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. In the 1930s the Baron Martin Stillman von Brabus shaved the pubic hair of his lover Margaret, Duchess of Argyll into a representation of the Mercedes-Benz 3-pointed star[citation needed]. Mary Quant OBE FCSD (born February 11, 1934) is a British fashion designer, one of the many designers who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants. ... Margaret Whigham, photographed in 1933 on the occasion of her marriage to Charles Sweeny Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, (December 1, 1912 - July 25, 1993), was best known for her divorce case which featured salacious photographs and scandalous stories. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ...


Some styles include[6]:

  • Natural — no trimming 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 centred vertical rectangle, hair length about quarter of an inch
  • Brazilian/G-Wax - pubic hair completely removed except for a remnant, centred, narrow stripe above the vulva approximately an inch in size, and the hair length in the sub-centimeter range
  • Full-Brazilian/Bare — pubic hair completely removed
  • Dyed — colouring hair to match hair on the head, or to give it a unique look (for example, red--in the shape of a heart)
  • 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.

It has been suggested that Monokini be merged into this article or section. ... Look up Landing strip in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Notes

  1. ^ [1]; [2]; [3]; [4]; [5]
  2. ^ [6]
  3. ^ [7] This theory originated with Ruskin's biographer, Mary Luytens. It is much-repeated, for example by Gene Weingarten in his book I'm with Stupid (2004) "Ruskin had it annulled [sic] 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." p.150-1. 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.
  4. ^ Classical hair
  5. ^ Understanding Islam
  6. ^ Hair varieties

Gene Weingarten Gene Weingarten, born in New York in 1951, is a humor writer and journalist. ...

See also

Young Girl Fixing her Hair, by Sophie Gengembre Anderson Hair is a filamentous outgrowth from the skin, found mainly in mammals. ... 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). ... A merkin (first use, according to the OED, 1617) is reported to be a pubic wig, worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or to disguise the marks of syphilis. ... Underarm hair is the composition of hair in the underarm area. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Manscaping is a neologism that was brought into American homes in 2004 by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; portmanteau for landscaping the male body by shaving, trimming, waxing, or brushing the body hair. ...

External links

Islamic Ruling on Waxing Unwanted Hair Retrieved March, 29, 2006.


 
 

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