At a party, I overheard a guy ask his friend what he thought about shaving pubes. His friend was quick to respond that in this era, keeping things hairy down there is primitive and unheard off. From the look on his face, I could tell that the former was not okay with that response. As their conversation quickly bounced off to other topics, my curiosity lingered on it. I set out to find out if shaving pubes is really a must do for guys. I found out that while people out there want to pin it on hygiene, shaving has a number of cons that should keep every man away from the razor.
Ben, 28, London
AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service. To go trimmed, clean-shaven or au naturel? These options are on men's minds a lot more than they admit — trust us. Men's body hair is a touchy subject for most guys, but women have been dealing with it forever. So, in this era of expanding possibilities for men and masculinity, it's time to have a serious conversation about men's pubic hair. You might think it's unsightly, or inconvenient, but the truth is pubic hair exists for a reason — we just aren't sure what reason that might be. Evolutionary biologists have suggested that pubic hair is an indicator of puberty, an evolutionary signal that we're ready to reproduce; another hypothesis argues that pubic hair serves to trap pheromones, and that shaving it all off therefore means we lose out on the benefits of olfactory attraction. Bacteriologists have long noted the ability of pubic hair to trap sweat, dirt and bacteria, thereby preventing potential infection-causing bacteria from reaching the genital area — a much more important function for women than for men. Pubic hair also reduces skin irritation and chafing, which are major causes of genital infections.
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There is nothing about taking a sharp blade to the area surrounding your genitals that sounds particularly fun, and yet, lots of people — of all gender identities — do it. For many men, the grooming of the pubes is a real part of daily or weekly maintenance. There are rules and rituals, products and tools. Here are nine men on keeping their pubes pretty. The First Time. Taking a razor to your pubes for the first time is truly a rite of passage. For me, it was as a sophomore in college. Maybe it brought back circumcision memories or something, but it felt momentous to me. Very unique feeling.
But, just in case you need some more feedback, feel free to stop everything and consult this list. He has a wild, untamed jungle. This is tricky, because really, things can go a few different ways. He could be completely ignorant of the idea of manscaping, or he might have just gotten a bit complacent and not checked up on things downstairs in a while. You know, the same way you might put off getting a haircut. You can only imagine what DJ Khaled probably has going on down there. Why spend a bunch of time trying to maintain pubic hair when you can just get rid of all of it?