Should Guys Shave Their Pubes?

It seems many men are apprehensive and ask the question, should guys shave their pubes, before they decide to do it or not. I did myself some years ago but since then I would answer this question as follows:

The first, and most obvious, answer to this is – if men want to do it then they should just do it. It is a free world (well most of it anyway) and in these liberal days of not criticizing anything, and celebrating everything, who is to condemn a man for just going hairless around his junk?

Secondly, apart from a partner, or perhaps other men in a sports locker room, who will know if they do?

It is true that there is still some stigma attached to men removing body hair in general, not just removing their pubic hair. Male body hair is seen as being “manly” by many women, although that viewpoint does seem to be decreasing. Actually, as society is becoming more and more politically correct, male stereotypes are being disparaged and masculinity disapproved of, particularly in movies and tv shows where tough female leads are becoming more prevalent than similar male roles.

Pubic hair in the past

Should men shave their pubic hair?Throughout history there have been examples of men shaving their pubes. The ancient Egyptians saw no pubic hair as a symbol of purity. In ancient Greece it was normal for athletes to remove all body hair, including pubes, as they competed in the nude. During the middle ages it was much less common but began to become a little more prevalent again during the renaissance period.

Modern women have been shaving their pubic hair for decades. In fact it is seen as being more normal than having pubic hair among younger women. So why not men too?

Anyone who has seen a porn film made in the last 20 years will not have failed to notice that men in that industry are normally completely shaved. Having completely shaved pubic hair has also been common among naturists too for quite some time. But then, in my experience, naturists do tend to be less judgemental towards body shape, size etc.

How many guys shave their pubes?

Obviously this is not easy to be accurate about because not everyone is open about it or would admit to it even if they did. However, it is certainly quite common among younger men, particularly those involved in the dating game. It could be as high as 17% who shave completely, while 69% at least trim their pubic hair.

As you might expect having totally shaved pubes is less frequent in older men.

should men shave their pubesThe good, the bad and the ugly

Like most things in life, there are some good reasons for guys to shave their pubes.

Inevitably there are also a few reasons to consider which might make it not so beneficial.

Some of the benefits

  • Pubic hair can become a very pleasant and comfortable home for certain types of bacteria as they love warm damp places. This can lead to an unpleasant smell, sometimes graphically described as “crotch stink”.
  • Having an abnormal amount of bacteria anywhere is rarely good for your health either.
  • There is less chance of getting crabs (lice) if there is no hair for them to live in.
  • Oral sex is more pleasant for the giver without hair getting in the way, or stuck between the teeth.
  • It is easier to keep the area clean with no hair to get in the way.
  • Having no pubic hair can mean the tree seems longer.
  • It feels good!

Some reasons why not

  • Although stubble on the face is very fashionable, no-one likes the 5 o’clock shadow look in the pubic area. This means that men who choose to shave their pubes must spend time to keep it nice and smooth.
  • There is a perhaps a slightly increased risk of catching genital warts as this occurs during skin to skin contact with someone who has them. Having pubic hair may slightly protect against this.
  • As with any form of shaving, there is always the risk of cuts which could become infected.
  • Pubic hair, and armpit hair to some extent, traps pheromones. The smell of these is supposed to be attractive to the opposite sex so removing pubic hair may make your chances of attracting a mate less. However, that may have been true once, but these days people use perfumes, deodorants etc to mask any smells anyway.

Alternatives to shaving

If men don’t want to run the risk of getting cut when shaving then it is possible to wax the area. Not for the faint-hearted or those who dislike pain though – like me. It can certainly make your eyes water!

Instead of shaving completely then it certainly makes good sense for men to at least trim their pubes to stop them looking like an overgrown garden. This is very common with men of all ages.

Further articles on removing pubic hair for men:

The best way to shave your balls

Is manscaping good or bad?

What is manscaping? Do men actually do that?

What to do if you cut yourself shaving down there