What was just a few years ago a somewhat novel ritual is now considered an all but de rigueur part of aesthetic maintenance, for both sexes. Kids, as recently as the 1990s, everybody had piercings down there, but pretty much everybody still had pubes, too. Now, between 70 and nearly 90 percent of females remove part or all of their genital hair, and roughly 60 to 80 percent of men. And while it may be leading to more E.R. visits, on the upside, it’s made pubic lice all but extinct in our time. Someday, people won’t even know that crabs were once something you could get someplace other than Red Lobster.
This probably qualifies as Too Much Information, but I must confess that when I was young and stupid (thankfully I’ve solved at least half of that condition), I once trimmed the foilage Down There. I don’t know if it made me feel sexier than usual — I rather doubt it, though, considering I spent the next two or three days rolling around on the floor, desperately trying to not provoke the itching, which can only be described as ferocious.