Acceptability of body hair varies with culture. However, in many parts of the world, women are expected to shave their legs and underarm hair when going out in public. But what happens to the other less public patch of hair? If you have been watching Asian porn especially from China and Japan (which I have a feeling you do), you may have noted that most of the women are bushy down there. The presence of pubic hair went in and out of style in the 20th century, but swimsuits and other fashions led to the gradual change of cultural trends which saw women choosing to remove their pubic hair. But how come Asian girls still spot ‘thick growth’ down there? Let’s take a look:

It’s a cultural thing

You may or may not have heard about onsens, which are natural, communal hot springs in which Japanese people like to bathe naked. They are enormously pleasurable and also have numerous health benefits. Most of them are frequented by local Japanese as its part of their culture. According to some of my Japanese friends, anyone with shaved pubes is frowned upon by other people at the baths since pubic hair is seen as a sign of maturity and adulthood and is, therefore, something to be proud of, not to be removed.

The idea of shaving is actually pretty recent, probably 30 years or less. Back in the days, women never shaved at all. In Japan, for instance, many believe that shaving of pubic hair is something only prostitutes do. As a result, many girls prefer to keep the pubes to avoid inappropriate questions when they go to onsens (like are you a pornstar?). As a matter of fact, Thai prostitutes shave to cater to the tastes of their Western, porn-fed Johns. This might seem like nonsense to westerners, but only bad girls shave their pubes in these parts of the world.

Defiance against westernization

With the gradual westernization of most of East Asia, hair removal has kind of become a trend. But although shaving of the pubic area has risen in popularity, most women simply refuse to do it. While medical practitioners say that shaving of pubic hair is unhealthy, the majority of Asian women refuse to accept beauty standards imposed on them by the West and are therefore hesitant to lose their pubic hair. Call it defiance if you may.

In fact, women who shave their pubes are seen as insecure for succumbing to society’s pressure to modify their bodies to make them more attractive to males and show that she is sexually available. That probably sounds a bit too harsh, but it makes sense when you consider we are living in a society that makes women feel insecure about their bodies.

Porn

Anyone who has watched Asian porn knows that showing genitals is prohibited by law (especially in Japan). Models, therefore, opt to keep their pubic hair as it covers the vulva. Were they to expose the vulva, they would fall foul of the law. The same goes for women in nude photography. Some might think that this is a skewed view, but it carries some weight considering the East Asia region has a vibrant porn industry (again, Japan and China are perfect examples).

It is healthy

Many probably didn’t realize this, but it is actually healthy to keep the hair down there. The hair is there to protect against infections and bacteria from entering the vagina. That’s a possible reason why Asian women have the least STI’s compared to women from other regions.

Waxing and shaving cause tears on the outer vagina allowing bacteria to seep into the injuries. Shaving has only become popular because it has been fetishized in western porn videos but not for any particular health benefits.

Superstitions

Some of the reasons have everything to do with superstitions. As a matter of fact, Chinese men are discouraged from marrying women without pubic hair the reasons being that she may be infertile and thus incapable of bringing forth an offspring. Actually, women without pubic hair are referred to as ‘white tigers’ which is far from flattering. Additionally, black pubic hairs are said to indicate a strong and obstinate woman while upward growth of a woman’s pubic hair is considered a sign of beauty. An abundance of hair is considered a sign of passion and sensuality. These are certainly enough reasons to make women keep their private regions bushy.

Whichever way you look at it, shaving or not is really a personal choice. It is also important to add that the above points don’t necessarily apply to all Asians. Some, especially the younger and more fashionable ones, do shave. It is all about cultural differences and what works for you may not necessarily work for someone else. People from around the world shave while others prefer not to touch their pubes, so it’s not like unshaved pubes are a preserve for Asians.

Finally

So, to shave or not to shave? Well, it’s your pubic hair. Do whatever the fuck you want with it.

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