So, it was a very boring day for me.
Had an appointment with my butt doc to have my yearly prostate exam. Nice visit considering the bend over part was quick and painless. I often wonder how many butts a doc can see in one day before he gets totally freaked out. My thoughts as I was bending over.
Anyhow, the rest of my day was less exciting. Until…..until I came across an article on a site called “Alternet.”
Doesn’t take much for me to click on a story that catches my interest, Simply include the words, sex, boobs, pubic, or nude in the story line and SHAZAM! I’m hooked. As I would assume most of us male slugs would be.
So, I decided to read about this war, because it was so interesting, and also because you might want to either support the war or not, or perhaps just be a pacificst and not participate in the war effort at all.
And, to set the tone for today’s blog……………………….
So, here we go. I’m printing the entire article, word for word, so don’t blame me if ya think it’s a bit off color or wierd. However, that said, you CAN blame me for my comments during this article that are in parenthies….these things ( ).
(The article word for word is in quotes, and again, my thought are in ( ).
The following post first appeared onKevinMD.
“I must have missed the declaration of war on pubic hair.”
“It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing every hair from their genitals is astronomical. The genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their specialty services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is exponentially growing.”
(might be time to buy stock in the hair removal industry)
“But why pick on the lowly pubic hair? A few sociological theories suggest it has to do with cultural trends spawned by bikinis and thongs, certain hairless actors and actresses, a desire to return to childhood, a misguided attempt at hygiene or being more attractive to a partner. Surely human beings are not so naïve as to be susceptible to fashion trends and biases.”
“It is a sadly misconceived war. Long ago surgeons figured out that shaving a body part prior to surgery actually increased rather than decreased surgical site infections. No matter what expensive and complex weapons are used—razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis—hair, like crab grass, always grows back and eventually wins. In the mean time, the skin suffers the effects of the scorched battlefield.”
(Hmmmmm. I’ll never again look at crabgrass in my yard in the same way)
“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.”
(um, scuse me a sec….think I’m feeling a bit nauseaous)
“Additionally, I’ve seen cellulitis (soft tissue bacterial infection without abscess) of the scrotum, labia and penis from spread of bacteria from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner’s skin.”
(Yep….I’m definately getting nauseous)
“Some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to virus carried by mouth or genitals. It follows that there may be vulnerability to spread of other STIs as well.”
(is this the part where we men all say, “Hey, lets hear it for pubic hair!”)
“Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.”
(my thinking exactly. If Gawd didn’t want us to have pubic hair he wouldn’t have put it there. Then again, he DID give humans hair on our heads, and then, for some of us (me and Telly Savalas) took it away. Guess HE figured some of us look better without hair. BUT…..do ya ever see that happen with pubic hair!)
“It is time to declare a truce in the war on pubic hair, and allow it to stay right where it belongs. We owe it to our patients to encourage them to let it be.”
And with that final note………I’ll end this blog with……………https://youtu.be/XsQsOjaVUuA
Emily Gibson is a family physician who blogs at Barnstorming.
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