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Shaving Your Twat Before Giving Birth!

November 6, 2009

f03dba0c06487b55_Picture_6-1.previewApparently, shaving your pubic hair before giving birth is on the mind of quite a few women. The reason I was googling this particular subject is that I was just watching an episode of the TV show Mad Men and one of the character’s, Betty, was in her hospital room in the middle of labor when one of the nurse told her that someone would be in to shave her.

 It struck me as odd!

I had no idea that shaving a woman’s pubic hair before giving birth used to be common practice. It seems that a hairy pussy was deemed too unhygienic, but nurses no longer have to pull out the razors and shaving cream when faced with a little bush. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I would want while experiencing out of this world painful contractions is for a stranger to get down between my legs and shave me down. Imagine having to sit still for that? 

Obviously, the medical community eventually came to terms with the fact that an abundance of pubic hair had diddly-squat to do with giving birth to a child. In fact, most doctors’ will now recommend that you do not shave prior to giving birth, because it might heighten your chances of infection, but nevertheless there are women who would refuse to let the bush go wild. 

I can understand that sort of concern, although I’ve never given birth, I sometimes feel the same way before getting a PAP test. You want to look your best when your legs are spread wide and there’s a blinding light shooting directly towards your crotch, but what struck me the most about all the comments I read regarding the question of:  “Should I shave before giving birth?”, is the all too obvious view a lot of people seem to hold regarding pubic hair and more specifically female pubic hair. I read way too many comments that contained the words “unclean”, “unhygienic” and views that pretty much amount to “I do it to please” so and so even when something has grown in my stomach extending it to a point where I have difficulty reaching my own vagina let alone see what the hell I’m doing to it with a sharp object. 

I don’t have anything against anyone who removes their pubic hair. Hell, I do it too and we all have our own valid and personal reasons to do so, but when I look at it from a general perspective I can’t help but feel a little concerned and a little irritated by this phenomenon. It just seems like too much. Grooming your crotch has gone to an extreme that is unpleasant to think about when you consider some of the underlying issues at stake. This trend seems much to close to the idea that somehow a women’s cunt is dirty and messy and I tend to think less of people who are totally against any pubic hair on a woman. I question their reasons for having that preference in the first place, so when I sent a picture of my shaved pussy to a friend of mine and he replied showing his appreciation for my smooth lips, I just had to ask him if he only liked smooth pussy (thank god he answered no). 

While it’s all very fine and good to have your own preferences, I would just like to let out a rallying scream: Love the bush! Even if you are perfectly shaved and as smooth as a newborn baby, there’s no need to hate something that’s quite lovely and designed to be helpful, so while you are out there in the world loving your cunt, save a little love for pubic hair and if it comes down to choosing between risking an infection while you give birth to your tiny little baby or the embarrassment you might feel in showing a room full of strangers your hairy twat, I really hope you can find some love and acceptance for your own body! Jeez Louise. 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Naturegirl permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:01 am

    I know this was common practice here in the UK as recently as the early 70s, there was a school of thought that hair could harbour bacteria, so to eliminate the risk of infection, some midwives would routinely shave a mum to be.
    Of course the thinking these days is that shaving actually INCREASES the risk of infection.
    I gave birth to my two in 88 & 93, I sported a full bush in those days (it’s only during the last ten years that I started shaving), but my midwife, who was older & older fashioned, suggested I trim the hair on my labia & perineum so that any tear could be stiched up without stray hairs getting in the way. She also got me to massage wheatgerm oil into my vulva on a daily basis for the last 3 months of pregnancy as this helps keep the skin supple in preparation for the massive stretching that was to come! It worked!!
    My husband can’t make up his mind about my shaved cunt, being French, he quite likes me natural, he even prefers me to not shave my armpits, but he also understands that I like not having grey hairs downstairs, he also likes the way it feels!
    We shave our legs & armpits because it looks unfeminin, a mass of pubic hair looks just as unfeminin to me, so why not shave that too.
    I have so far not received any adverse comments from doctors or nurses when they discover my shaved cunt, I think they must see plenty of both styles during the working week!

  2. November 7, 2009 5:59 pm

    In some circles, it seems that pubic hair is removed because it is too sexual and then there are those that think the opposite is true. It’s a strange phenomenon.

  3. November 7, 2009 10:15 pm

    Also, FYI, I came across pubic hair dye yesterday and it’s called Betty Dye. They offer all sort of colors, from funky to natural. A friend of mine once tried to dye his pubes red, but it turned out a BRIGHT orange. A little bit like Ronald McDonald’s hair.

  4. November 9, 2009 11:26 pm

    I remember reading long ago of a doctor who downright refused to help with a delivery unless the woman shaved. It’s really frightening, and disturbing all at the same time. I really do think people are threatened by pubic hair. God forbid a woman have any, we all must be sweet and pristine! (I like to mix it up- I shave all of it, some of it, or let it go natural)

    Speaking of the dye, I’ve wanted to try the pink one!

  5. November 9, 2009 11:33 pm

    I was looking at up nude painting from the Renaissance the other day, and I read that very few of them ever show pubic hair, and the pantings that do show female pubic hair were considered pornographic. Michelangelo’s statue of David is rare in it’s kind because it depicts the pubic hair of a man (albeit stylized).

    P.S. That Doctor sucks!

  6. November 12, 2009 11:35 am

    I thought the blue Betty Dye was pretty freaking cool! I find that shaving leaves ingrown hairs but with clippers and all it allows for more versatility than shaving. Somehow it looks nice on other people when the area is totally smooth but for me, I don’t want to feel pre-pubescent either! Thanks for this blog, I enjoy it.

  7. November 12, 2009 12:14 pm

    Welcome aboard. I’m glad you enjoy it. I’ve never tried clippers, but a lot of people seem to like them. If I ever have some extra money lying around, maybe I’ll give it a try or if there are any companies out there reading this, I’m very open to accepting free merch. Wink, wink.

  8. Kathleen permalink
    March 18, 2011 4:55 pm

    I hate shaving. I hate stubble. I don’t like the nasty bumps I get no matter what cream I use or how patient I am with shaving, no matter if I get a wax… they still show up.
    I hate the way I smell and how irritated I feel after shaving.
    And, I hate having a mons that’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I’m not a baby! I’m a woman! I’m supposed to have hair there!

    I don’t have any harsh feelings towards women who shave, but it’s about time they start feeling like they shouldn’t have to remove their body hair.

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