Cameron Diaz Praises Pubes

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Cameron Diaz is a woman who loves her lady bits, and this definitely includes her pubic hair—so much so she even dedicated an entire chapter of her new book The Body Book to them, called "In Praise of Pubes." She describes them as the "lovely curtain of pubic hair that surrounds that glorious, delicate flower of yours" and adds that they make you more "enticing and mysterious."

Not everyone shares her love, though. A 2013 U.K. study found that about half of all women regularly groom down there, making it one of the most common beauty practices. A separate study found that trimming the bush is even more common among younger women, with up to 86 percent of women under 30 saying they groom. But Diaz says we shouldn't be so fast to ditch the little curly hairs.

"I figure there's a purpose for that hair," she said on The Graham Norton Show before bending over and hilariously yelling at her crotch, "Why are you there?!"

She's right, says Sheryl Ross, an ob-gyn at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. While it's still a bit of a mystery, experts have some interesting theories surrounding the existence of pubic hair. The most popular is that that the hair and glands in the pubic area create pheremones, which your partner may find exotic. 

Ross also points out that your pubes can act as a buffer. "You'll notice if it's not there when you're cycling or exercising; it provides a little cushion." Plus it can prevent dirt and other things from getting into the vagina, Ross says, pointing out that this is contrary to the common myth that waxing or shaving is "cleaner."  

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But most women aren't as interested in the physical aspects as they are the cosmetic ones. "Perception drives beauty, and so now because of how accessible porn has become, we have this idea of the glamorous vagina," Ross says. For many, waxing has become just another task on the beauty to-do list, like getting a pedi or having your highlights refreshed. Still, she says women shouldn't be afraid of laser hair removal, adding that constant shaving and waxing can cause ingrown hairs and infections. "You don't have to do all of it, you can just clean it up a little," she says.

In the end, "a glamorous vagina is a clean vagina," Ross says. All your pubes really need is a little soap and warm water to be happy.

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