Digital Photography, the Internet and Pubic Hair Removal
As many of you know, I have always preferred women with shaved or otherwise depilated genitals. In my opinion, the scalp and eyebrows are the only areas on a woman’s body where hair looks good. While there are men who prefer some hair on the pussy or a full bush, most of them are old and increasingly in the minority. However many older women still express surprise, genuine or not, that most men prefer hairless pussies on women. They are even more shocked that younger women almost without exception are willing to comply. At the beginning of this change (mid-1990s) many old-school feminists tried to shame men who preferred hairless pussies as creepy men who secretly lusted for sexually immature girls; when it is well-known that the hairless genitals of a sexually mature girl look rather different from those of one who has not yet matured.
But have you ever wondered why this change in pubic grooming habits occurred so fast? And why does it show no sign of abating? What changed?
While other ‘pundits’ have offered many explanations for this change ranging from evolutionary psychobabble to herd behavior- I believe the explanation is a bit more mundane. It begins with a few technological changes that occurred in the mid-1990s to early 2000s.
The first change was linked to how people viewed pornography and who created it. Prior to the rise of the internet, most porn was created by corporations and sold in the form of magazines or VCR tapes. The high cost of producing and distributing porn in the pre-internet days meant that a few people could have a disproportionate influence on what was available and what was not. The internet changed not only the ease and cost of viewing porn but also who could publish it. The result was that the amount and variety of porn accessible to the average person increased very substantially. An increase in competition resulted in the content become progressively more enticing.
Which brings us the next change- the technology used to shoot pornographic images and videos. Prior to the late 1990s, most people used photographic film or magnetic tape to capture photographs or videos. These older methods of image capture put two very interesting constraints on how things were done.
Using film to take photos or videos costs a not-insignificant amount of money and affects your willingness to take lots of pictures to find the best ones. Consequently taking decent quality pictures of naked chicks and sharing them was somewhat expensive and usually done by the more ‘established’ (traditionally minded) photographers. It is therefore no surprise that the number of photographers (amateur and professional) who shot porn really took of with the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop. It also resulted in porn becoming even more explicit and better lit, and stuff that looked OK in artsy porn now increasingly appeared disgusting.
We also cannot forget that analog VCR tapes had pretty low resolution and image quality. In the late 1990s the media for distributing video porn rapidly transitioned from VCR tapes to DVD and other digital formats. Once again, stuff that looked OK in low resolution and poorly illuminated scenes was now unacceptable. In combination with easier access and the increasingly explicit nature of the scenes- pubic hair on women porn stars became a liability. Few men want to see a curly and often soggy mat of unruly hair obscuring their view of the real action.
But why did porn star style pubic grooming become the norm among almost young women?
The answer to that question is linked to the changing self-image of women. In previous generations, even as late as the middle of Gen-X, women were able to exploit older social expectations about what women should be like to get the best of both worlds with the minimum of effort. However those born towards the end of Gen-X or later grew up in a world where they could no longer play both on both sides. Most chose to become fully liberated and independent girls who chased higher status cock rather than become the more traditional duplicitous cunt who settled down rather quickly but hated the guy.
The ability to give a decent blowjob and look good with their ankles behind their heads became more important than pretending to enjoy housework and raising children. It was therefore natural that most younger women would begin to start comparing themselves to porn stars. The advent of ubiquitous and high-resolution pornography also meant that their preferred male partners demanded that depilated look. Given that there are basically no significant downsides to going hairless down there, most of them just went along. In any case the two most common modes of removing pubic hair, shaving and waxing, were already being used by women to get rid of leg and armpit hair.
At this point, some of you are probably wondering if female pubic hair will ever come back in style. After all, we have seen trend-setting hipsters make retro-styled clothing cool again. So why wouldn’t something similar happen with female pubic grooming? I believe that such a change is unlikely to happen for one simple and often overlooked reason. There is really no downside to having a hairless pussy. Everything being equal, most men will prefer a woman with negligible to no hair on her genitals. Moreover, we live in an age where shaving is very easy and waxing is widely available. Both common methods are also exceptionally safe and quite inexpensive. It simply does not make much sense to go for a choice that has a downside than one which has basically none.
What do you think? Comments?