It only takes a minute to sign up. Etymology Online offers that beaver in the gynecological sense is British slang dating from , transferred from earlier meaning "a bearded man" , or from the appearance of split beaver pelts. This limerick wouldn't provide much insight into the origin of beaver as a term for—as J. Lighter, Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang puts it—"a woman's pubic hair," if it were not related to another phenomenon of the early twentieth century: the street game of calling out "Beaver! A search of the Elephind newspaper database confirms that this game was popular in England in the early s. London, June
The problem with the word "vagina" is that vaginas seem to be just straight-out bad luck. Only a masochist would want one, because only awful things happen to them. Vaginas get torn. Vaginas get "examined. Serial killers leave things in them, to taunt Morse — like they're the shelf in the hallway, where you leave your keys and spare change.
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It cleans itself. That's what vaginal discharge is for, after all. Having a clear or white-ish discharge is perfectly healthy, and it flushes out bacteria and old cells to prevent any unwanted pathogens from entering the uterus. So there's no need for you to come at your vagina with scented soaps —only baby shampoo, please—as you don't want to upset its pH balance. And for the love of all things healthy, don't douche.
A nationally representative study out of the University of California, San Francisco found that nearly 84 percent of the 3, women surveyed had groomed their pubic hair, and 62 percent had removed it all at least once. Shaving with a nonelectric razor was the most popular method of grooming, followed by trimming with scissors and shaving with an electric razor. Even the current natural-is-beautiful, pro-body-hair movement is a cultural product and one that tends to focus on the hair of cis white women , at that.