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Look Before you leap

THE BIKINI-LINE PROBLEM

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Not all men see it thusly. “I like natural,” another friend in his 40s told me. “Too much grooming down there just seems uptight.” At the end of the day, he said, “if it’s a woman I’m attracted to, I’m just psyched to be there.”

 

Personally, it was a relief to hear that some guys don’t find the porn-star-esque (and/or prepubescent) look to be wildy enticing. I don’t find it sexy either. And that’s not just one woman’s opinion – there’s science behind it.

 

“Pubic hair is a sexual organ,” says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine. “Not only does the hair trap smells used to attract mates, at the base of each hair is a gland that releases hormones, which contributes to both partners’ arousal.” Shaving and waxing leaves these glands unaffected, but lasering, she says, “kills the gland. If you just do a bikini line, the effect is likely minimal. The same can’t be said of full hair removal.”

 

So that was the final nail in the full-lasering coffin for me. I’m going to be fine, just fine, with my neatly groomed bikini line. At this point, I’ll take all the sexual mojo I can get. Plus, I’m not 100 percent convinced the ‘70s bush won’t make a comeback. Like any trend, what seems normal now looks downright odd later. Which is why I still think the choice to permanently denude your bikini area is best left to adults, not teens. After all, if we were stuck with the hair discussions we made at 16, I would have a perm and perfectly curled-under bangs. And that’s not sexy at all.

 

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                                                          August 2014