Pubic Hair, To Shave Or Not To Shave?

By OckyDub | Posted Apr 23 2014 | 23 Comments  


The question surrounding “why do we have pubic hair” will never go away and now that question has a companion;  should I or shouldn’t I shave my pubic hair? If you look at male erotica or porn from the 70’s to currently, you can visually see a shift in pubic hair trends. The days of a man’s crotch looking like a Tibetan yack or an American buffalo has shifted to men’s genital areas looking like the skin on a raw turkey leg. Lets see if I can answer the first question of “why do we have pubic hair”?

There are a couple of theories out there but I want to start with what to me is the obvious one…we’re mammals, duh. Mammals of course are a unique group, being that mammals give birth to live young and feed their young via milk produced by the mother. Mostly all land mammals have fur but for humans, that fur is less dense on our bodies and we call it hair. If you look at the native human species around the globe, the colder the climate usually equals more body hair and the warmer the climate usually equals less body hair. This observation ties into one theory that pubic hair helps keep the genitals warm. I also think many people forget that pubic hair helps with preventing certain STD/STI’s and skin to skin infections.

So what started the trend of cutting and shaving our genitals in the modern era? The reason I say modern era, is because pubic hair removal goes back thousands of years (think Egyptians and Greeks) but that’s another story for another time. Back to the question; a lot of researchers feel there’re many factors. For both men and women some feel porn played a role. As the disco 70’s era ended and the 80’s begin, both sexes in porn films begin to get rid of their crotch hair. In conjunction with the better filming equipment, less pubs meant less shadow and you could see the actual “intercourse” better when filmed up close. Porn is about fantasy through visuals…big breasts and big penises. Size matters for a male porn performer. You see there is a weird but cool optical illusion that happens when men shave their pubics; it makes their penis appear bigger. Hence the saying “the shorter the grass, the taller the tree.” Being that porn was a multimillion dollar industry (now billions) the no pubes trend grew. 

For gay men I feel there were additional factors at play. In the 80’s with the HIV/AIDs epidemic in full swing, having a nice body and being void of body hair gave an appearance of being “clean”. Not just on the outside but also referencing being clean and free of STDs, therefore making them more appealing.

As the metro-sexualization of man grew ,we were given a new term, Manscaping. For many gay and straight men, removing all body hair from their armpits, arms, legs, back, chest and pubic area may make them feel more youthful and attractive. Of course men can make up their own minds on whether or not they want to shave their pubes, especially if they feel it’s beneficial for them but I do want to point out some things to keep in mind.

Shaving your genitals with a razor is not a good idea. This can cause small or microscopic cuts on the groan, penis and scrotum that subject you to infections and viruses. Razors, hair removal creams and waxing can cause skin inflammation and irritation. When genital skin is compromised or irritated, the warmth and moisture generated in the pubic area can cause bacterial infections like Streptococcus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Don’t forget when the hair begins to grow back there is itching and you can develop painful hair bumps. Bald genitals are more susceptible to herpes infections and other STD’s are easier to contract and transmit. So what to do?

Try not to go completely bald in your nether regions. Shave them with clippers or beard trimmers and always use a guard. This will help keep you from nicking or cutting yourself as you would with a razor and allows you to keep some level of barrier protection that is your pubic hair. Trimmers will help cut down on and prevent skin irritation that comes from shaving, using hair removal creams and waxing.

Cypher Avenue will have more companion articles concerning ManScaping and hygiene in the future. In the meantime, what say ye? Do you shave your pubes? If so, what methods do you use?

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Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

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  1. Brian | April 23rd, 2014

    I always thought Mother Nature provided padding (hair) to the most important areas of the human body-to protect- the reproductive areas, and hair on the head helps protect the brain… but why the trend for men to shave their chest, legs and pubes? Men and hair together is a characteristic of masculinity- shaving is for women, thank you…

    • lyriq88
      Lyriq | April 23rd, 2014

      Chest? Yes. If it’s taco meat and it’s all over or you look like wolf man? Shave. Legs & arms? Never. Pubes? I just leave that up to the discretion of the man I’m dating. Doesn’t really bother me.

  2. hannibal
    Hannibal | April 23rd, 2014

    I only shave when someone comments that I’m hairy.

    • lyriq88
      Lyriq | April 23rd, 2014

      That was the reason for my first shave. An old boyfriend of mine hinted that I’d look better bald. It was weird at first but I actually kind of liked the look. However, I’m particularly hairy from my navel down to my ankles so taking the time to trim just my pubes (front, sack, crack) and make it BLEND into my thighs is a time consuming and irritating process.

      So these days? I just trim whenever I feel up to it. I don’t like a full bush, but like @Ocky said, a low trim is pretty damn nice. I honestly only even do that when I’m currently having sex. If nobodies around? This shit just grows lol.

  3. bpaisle
    Byron P. | April 23rd, 2014

    I definitely manscape. I think it just makes for a better presentation. I tend to slack off on it on bit in the winter and when I am not dating anyone. I think going completely bald all over is a bit of an overkill. If your a guy some places just should not be shaved: underarms, arms, and legs. Chest and stomach are not really a big deal. As far as genital area, it should not be completely bald but it also should not be left to grow wild. Neatly trimmed is best I think lol.

  4. alton
    NYCforEVER | April 23rd, 2014

    You ain’t gotta shave it bald, but at the very least shave that shit down and trim it up. Sorry, but wire brushes, “Albert Einsteins”, and taco meat are big turn offs for me.

    • alton
      NYCforEVER | April 23rd, 2014

      I personally am not hairy at all, so I guess I’m partial to the “neat” appearance. I don even grow underarm hair (smh)

    • SB3000 | April 24th, 2014

      What are ‘wire brushes’ n ‘albert einsteins’?

      • alton
        NYCforEVER | April 24th, 2014

        “Albert Einsteins” are ridiculously long, whispy, unkempt pubs reminiscent of Albert Einstein’s signature haircut, and wire brushes are overly thick, tumbleweed lookin’, scratchy ass pubes. I don’t wanna see that shit, and I damn sure don’t want it all up in my face.

        • SB3000 | April 24th, 2014


  5. Jronn
    Jronn | April 23rd, 2014

    Hair is sexy! I prefer a dude in his natural state. If u wanna trim or man scape that’s cool, but bald is not a look I prefer but it’s not a deal breaker when I’m having sex with somebody.

    Chest, leg and arm hair is sexy as well. And so is booty hair. Just my preference *shrugs*

  6. GeePee
    GeePee | April 23rd, 2014

    I don’t like how it looks shaved I am always full bush down there and I have never got any complaints. The only manscaping i do it shaving my underarms because it cuts down on the sweating i do.

  7. achris
    achris | April 23rd, 2014

    Bald is a turn off! If you want to trim, cool, its not a requirement.

    • Rick
      Richard Chatters | April 23rd, 2014

      I agree, I not really into all shaved down there dudes, but a little trimming is cool…

  8. budda | April 23rd, 2014

    Always shave my pubic hairs. Its neat and when you work out at the gym it keeps sweat down. Not to mention if you ever used cock rings the hair does not get in the way. Its purely a grooming thing–fresh and clean.

  9. SB3000 | April 24th, 2014

    Bald pubes look crazy..if u wana trim, knock urself out..but I dont see the big deal in men having hair in places

  10. Nick Delmacy | April 24th, 2014

    I only manscape when I’m actively dating someone, lol.

  11. Ace of hearts | April 28th, 2014

    I like to keep mine trim low just out of personal preference.

  12. Rod Turpin
    Rod! | May 30th, 2014

    A nice low-cut is good for me, but I’ve always thought being perfectly shaven there just makes it look uncomfortably childlike. A recent ex had shaved his pubes for me once and while it did make things look bigger, it was still just a little weird to me.

  13. Sean | June 6th, 2014

    The reason we grow pubic hair is to contain the smell of your body (musk) not because of temperature…The smell of the opposite sex usually arouses a person sexually..Women are especially attracted to the musky smell of a man during their ovulation periods, hint, the need to fertilize their eggs…If you like me (a freak) you are just instantly turned on by the smell of a black man’s maleness (smile)..especially after a hard workout at the gym…lol

  14. SwagJack
    SwagJack | June 29th, 2014

    Tried it once. Never again. When it started growing back, I had to find discreet corners where no one could see me scratching my junk. I probably looked like I had cooties. I’m fine with my bush.

  15. socalbtm
    socalbtm | February 8th, 2015

    I like my men natural “down there”
    so what if I get an occasional pube
    between my teeth, lol.
    and definitely natural underarms as well
    as one writer noted, hair in those zones
    captures that sexy musk

  16. Tanya | June 20th, 2017

    Both me & my hubby use to shave down there, but now we both go & get waxed (Hollywood style) on a reg. basis. We both enjoy the look & feel of the silky smoothness of it on each other particularly when we spoon cause we always’ sleep au natural. Needless to say were a very playful couple virtually every night! It’s so much more pleasant than dealing with hair that just get’s in the way, not too mention it makes his beautiful manhood look even more endowed who’s at 23 cm’s (9 in.) Were just a happy couple of smoothies, & we’re luving it! No hair,Don’t care!

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