Anthropology graduate student Lyndsey Craig examines pubic hair removal practices across 72 societies, and how the practices are tied to cultural concerns about hygiene and sexual activity.
Whereas most literature on public hair removal practices focus primarily on Western cultures, in particular how women are included in and affected by marketing, pornography, and pop culture, Craig and biological anthropologist Dr. Peter Gray performed historical, cross-cultural research across dozens of non-Western societies. They found that whether and how pubic hair was removed depended on a diverse array of cultural messages about hygiene, fertility, sexuality and beauty.
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For more information on Lyndsey Craig and her research:
Ms. Craig’s researchgate page: www.researchgate.net/profile/Lyndsey_Craig2
Pubic Hair Removal Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327654779_Pubic_Hair_Removal_Practices_in_Cross-Cultural_Perspective
Websites for co-workers, organizations, or research referenced in our conversation:
Dr. Peter Gray: https://www.unlv.edu/people/peter-gray
eHRAF World Cultures collection of ethnographies covering all aspects of cultural and social life: https://ehrafworldcultures.yale.edu/ehrafe/
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Great research, thanks!