01/30/2015 05:31 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT

Three Reasons to Grow Your Pubic Hair

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A mannequin with pubic hair is displayed in the window of an American Apparel shop on Houston Street in the Soho section of Manhattan January 17, 2014 in New York. US clothing chain American Apparel has sparked controversy by putting mannequins sprouting pubic hair in the windows of their shop in New York's boho Lower East Side. The hairy mannequins are currently on show only at one store and there are no plans to roll out the look elsewhere in New York or in the United States. Many people consider women's body hair a private embarrassment requiring painful grooming at beauty salons, and find the display shocking and provocative. But American Apparel, which in the past has been accused of sexist and controversial marketing campaigns, said it was celebrating 'natural beauty' in the run-up to the Valentine's Day rush. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

2014 may have been the year of the nipple (#FreeTheNipple), but 2015 is definitely the year of the bush (#PubeGame). Pubic hair is so popular right now, it's vogue. From mild to moderate tuffs, harbouring tiny strands of love in between your legs has been all the rage so far this year and it has no intention of slowing down.

A recent Girls episode made this comeback obvious when Hannah comments on her GBF Elijah's new found pubic appreciation at her cozy temporary home in Iowa.

"Your body looks amazing! I haven't seen your pubic hair in a long time" -Hannah

"I just grew it back!" -Elijah

Growing it back is how to get noticed in 2015.

Last week on Instagram, Sticks and Stones magazine had its account suspended because of the display of a little side-bush through a model's bikini that was actually barely there and barely visible.

Although the account has since been restored, it leaves many of us wondering how things will change this year, especially in the female representation of post-puberty pube-licity. When Justin Bieber is photoshopped to have more hair in the down there, whenAmerican Apparel kicks off our fascination last year with merkins on their mannequins and the goddess herself, Cameron Diaz invites you to praise your pubes in her most recent book, you know there is a trend growing here...literally.

From hipster muffs to Chanel puffs, a landing strip, a Brazilian buff or venturing into the exotic with a dye job bush, prepare your vulvas and dust off your's the age of pubis, so it's about time we embraced it.

But what's the point? Why do we have pubes anyways? Isn't it irrelevant now that daily hygienic practices have reached an all-time level of sophistication?

Well, yes and no. Sure, we really don't really, actually need the pubic hair -- which is why the Brazilian has become so trendy, (that, and crotch shots in pornography are easier to view when there isn't hair in the way) but going more au naturel has become more of a political statement and an increasingly relevant fashion one as well. We've become obsessed with the idea of always making ourselves "better", "cleaner", "increasingly fit for public consumption" (i.e. Instagram & selfies) that in all the hustle of selling ourselves for whatever level of gratification you are trying to achieve, we've lost touch with the purpose of our bodies -- which is to keep us alive. That's it.

So, whether you're going for the baby-bald, barely-there or tight-and-trim look, here are the top 3 reasons why we have pubic hair in the first place and the argument for keeping your #pubegame rockin' in 2015:

1. Reduces friction

Everyone knows that the most uncomfortable thing about pubic hair is growing it out. So, why not cut that part out all together? Keep your business trimmed and know that pubic hair is thought to aid in preventing skin abrasion and injury, especially during sex when the friction is at its highest. Another consideration is that it acts as a barrier between your delicate skin and your clothing. Providing a protective layer is a job well done when it comes to defending your love nest from unnecessary chaffing or hot weather sticking.

2. Keeps out bacteria

Pubic hair is a champion for trapping dirt and other unwanted particles from falling in and around the openings of your genitalia. When we shave, the occasional tiny cuts or open pores make us more susceptible to a bacterial infiltration. Think of your muff as the eye brows to the vulva, the beard of your penis. It's all relative, but pubic hair is here to stay for some time, so you might as well learn and appreciate how it contributes to your life.

3. Traps Pheromones

It is theorized that the ripeness that is captured in our pubic hair is our literal mating call. The pheromones that get trapped within unconsciously invite and excite potential mates. The apocrine sweat glands which are concentrated in our genitals and armpits become stimulated during high emotional duress, such as sexual stimulation or anxiety and that's where the pheromones come from. That and, those glands are an essential part of the thermoregulation of our bodies. That all sounds nice, but does your scent actually attract other lovers? Subtle stimulation of the libido via our pheromones is proven to excite potential lovers, and some of you need the help with your love game, so why stunt your potential with unnecessary grooming?

I'm not saying sans-pubic isn't the way to go, but it is about priorities. Do you feel more confident when you've kept your #pubegame tight? Does it make you feel sexier when you are well groomed walking out the door? Are you more apt to enjoy the experience of having some hunk go to town & down on you while you starfish on a Friday night?


Then keep doing you, keep rocking your confidence and just know that our bodies have reasons for the way they function and a little sexual education doesn't hurt every once in a while.


  • Not the story of why I decided to grow out my armpits again...
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, In Bed, 1892
  • There are no razors in Eden -- obviously.
    Heinrich Aldegrever, Eve, 1540.
  • My pit hairs are up here.
    Henri Matisse, Odalisque with Arms Raised, (of Henriette Darricarrière), 1923, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Birds flock to my bush, NBD.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Storm Has Finally Made It Out Of Me Alhamdulillah, 2012. Mixed media collage on linoleum, 73" H x 114" W x 4" D. Image courtesy of the Artist and Susanne Vilemetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
  • Power to the pubic hairs!
    Dorothy Iannone, The Next Great Moment In History Is Ours, 1970, Courtesy die Künstlerin, Air de Paris, Paris, und Peres Projects, Berlin, Foto: Joachim Littkemann
  • Now that I have your attention...
    Egon Schiele, Sitting girl, 1917
  • I don't like to get them wet...
    Gustave Courbet, The Bather, 1868, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Look into my crystal ball, not my bush.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012. Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15 x 7 inches. Edition of 30 + 11 APs. Couortesy of the Artist and Pace Editions, Inc.
  • What, is there something on my brows?
    JOHN MACDOUGALL via Getty Images
    A photographer takes pictures of the painting 'Self-Portrait as Tehuana or Diego on My Mind' by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during a press preview on April 29, 2010 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin. From April 30 to August 9, 2010, the museum presents a retrospective on the important painter known for her self-portraits often depicting her own pain. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • I see you like my new 'do.
    Shunga by Hokusai
  • Hair is best kept unkempt.
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Torso Before The Bath, 1875
  • Are the knee socks a bit much?
    Vincent van Gogh, Nude Woman Reclining January-February 1887, Paris Oil on canvas, 24 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
  • Frida's an artist? I just idolize her facial hair.
    A photographic self-portrait of Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura dressed as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, hangs in the Institute of Contemporary Art, Thursday, March 25, 2004, in Boston. The piece, titled "An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand-shaped Earring), 2001" is part of the exhibit "Made in Mexico," which is scheduled to run through May 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Angela Rowlings)
  • 'Big bushes in front, small bushes in back...'
    Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali, "In Voluptas Mors," 1951. Photo credit Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos
  • I always leave some pit hair to the imagination...
    Egon Schiele, Reclining Semi Nude with Red Hat, 1910
  • I feel good, thanks for asking!
    Dorothy Iannone, aus: Dialogues (unnumbered), 1968, Sammlung Andersch, Neuss, © Dorothy Iannone, Foto: Markus Hawlik, Berlin
  • Sorry, what is this "Nair" you speak of?
    Amedeo Modigliani, Red Nude, 1917
  • Hair where? Hair everywhere.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012. Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15 x 7 inches. Edition of 30 + 11 APs. Couortesy of the Artist and Pace Editions, Inc.
  • Yup, you came from here.
    Gustave Courbet, The Origin of the World (L'Origine du monde), 1866, Paris: Musée d'Orsay
  • Tan lines? Good. Bush? Better.
    Chuck Close, Laura I, 1984, color Polaroids mounted on aluminum, 97" x 215" (243.8 cm x 546.1 cm), overall installed, 97" x 43" (243.8 cm x 109.2 cm), five panels, each. Photos via Pace Gallery.
  • Brows are beautiful, folks.
    In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, a painting by Frida Kahlo (The Frame, 1938) is seen as part of one of two new exhibits featuring art exclusively by women at the Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle. Included in the exhibition is the only U.S. stop for an exhibit from the Pompidou Center in Paris, home of the modern art museum there, of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. The exhibit runs through Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • I call it my 5 o'clock shadow...
    Daniel Maidman, Blue Leah #7, 2012, oil on canvas, 24"x36. Photo credit Daniel Maidman
  • [Octopus language]
    The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, Hokusai, 1814
  • I'll do the dapper thing, but the brows stay.
    This Feb. 8, 2013 photo shows Frida Kahlo's 1942 "Self Portrait with Cropped Hair" part of the exhibition featuring the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera, "Frida & Diego: Passion Politics and Painting," at the High Museum in Atlanta. The exhibit features more than 140 works, making it the largest exhibition of the couple's art ever displayed together. Atlanta’s High will be the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which opens Feb. 14 and runs through May 12. . (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Naked and nude are two different things, no?
    Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Blue Cushion, 1917
  • Mickalene: 1. Gustave: 0
    Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe 1, 2012 Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel
  • Mind the sails!
    Gustave Courbet, Nude Reclining by the Sea
  • Some day American Apparel will steal this look.
    Egon Schiele, Reclining nude, 1910
  • I saw a lot of other nude models rocking the socks and bush thing so...
    Van Gogh, Nude Woman on a Bed, 1887
  • You know how birds liked the bush? Yeah, hummingbirds too.
    Wengechi Mutu, All the way up, all the way out, 2012. Collage and mixed media on linoleum, 74 x 50 3/8 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist and Susanne Vilemetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
  • I thought we were doing this BFF shoot naked?
    Gustav Klimt, Girlfriends or Two Women Friends, 1916–17, (Galerie Welz, Salzburg, later destroyed)
  • Thank you for the flowers but I asked for deodorant.
    Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863