Emily Gibson does have a point. According to this website, the consequences are as follows:
- Razor burn
- Genital infections
- Ingrown hairs
- Folliculitis: an infection in the hair follicle usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph) or a fungus. A common cause of
folliculitis is recently shaved hairs re-growing out of the follicle
and curling back around to irritate the skin. It is interesting to
note that the lack of hair around the anus will make it impossible to
pass gas silently.
If you're planning on keeping your pubic area smooth and hairless, you
will need to shave regularly, even daily. You should consider if this
is worth the trouble; what is appealing now may not be after four or
five weeks of daily shaving.
In addition to being time-consuming, the maintenance can be costly
since you need to invest in special shaving equipment and care like a
new razor, female shaving cream, baby oil, and/or aloe vera cream.
I would like to reiterate that shaving is a personal choice. Some people do risky things, like anal sex or driving while texting. If a person does not want to take big risks, then it is best for that person to consult a medical provider or work with a professional or seek an easier, low-risk alternative.
I wholesomely agree with the same author's advice. Think for yourself. What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.
Shaving the pubic area has become much more common, even desirable,
among teenagers and young adults. Although shaving may be becoming the
social norm, that does not mean you should do it.
The author's claims have some back-up from a peer-reviewed journal.
Source: Basow, S. A. (1991). THE HAIRLESS IDEAL. Women and Their Body Hair. Psychology Of Women Quarterly, 15(1), 83-96.
A major component of ``femininity'' in the United States today is a
hairless body, a norm that developed in the United States between
1915-1945. Little has been written regarding the development of this
norm, and virtually no empirical research has been done to assess how
universally ascribed to is this standard or why women actually remove
their leg and underarm hair. More than 200 women from two national
professional organizations responded to a mailed questionnaire
(response rate 56%). The majority (around 80%) remove their leg and/or
underarm hair at lead occasionally. Two types of reasons for shaving
emerged: feminine/attractiveness reasons and social/normative reasons.
Most women start shaving for the latter reasons but continue to shave
for the former reasons. Certain groups, however, were least likely to
remove leg and/or underarm hair: strongly feminist women and
Conclusion: Whether or not shaving pubic hair is "bad" for you must be judged on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, it is highly recommended that one seeks professional or medical help before shaving off pubic hair, if one is concerned about serious repercussions. Remember, it's a personal choice. Also, remember that personal choices or popular choices are sometimes not the best or safest choices in the long run.