Call me old school, but I can’t believe the recent spate of commercials on YouTube for a product designed for manscaping. Granted, everyone’s partner (or partners depending on how you swing) has their personal preferences for the undergrowth in the nether regions, but I’m curious how much longer before people are watching Sunday Night Football and there’s a commercial for a device designed to prune your pubes.
According to the website AskMen.com, there’s a reason for our short hairs:
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.
While wrestling legend has it that 16-time world champion (actually more, but that’s a story for another column) “Nature Boy” Ric Flair used to tell prospective partners, “No hair, no Flair,” not everyone (and no, I’m not referring to wayward Catholic priests)
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. The takeaway is that you might want to think twice before removing all of your pubic hair, and instead opt for something closer to a trim.
Whatever your preference for your pubic region, I think the public doesn’t need to be aware that there are products for trimming around a man’s ball sack. And on a side, note, the product in question boasts it’s third-generation which has me wondering what exactly the first and second-generation products were and how many (legal disclaimer: if any) close (or not so close calls) there were.