It's almost impossible to know what's ~*~eN vOgUe~*~ in pube styling from year to year. Surely it changes with time—TBT to 2000, when Carrie Bradshaw got her first accidental full Brazilian and said not having any hair made her feel like "walking sex." If only she knew what the next decade would hold...
Of course the only actually important thing is that you style your intimate hairs in a way that makes you feel comfortable and sexy and great. But just to see what young millennial men think about pubes in the year 2016, Cosmopolitan.com asked four twentysomething guys some questions about pubic hair maintenance.
How old are you?
Man A: Twenty-four.
Man B: Twenty-four.
Man C: Twenty-one.
Man D: Twenty-four.
Do you remember how the first woman you had sex with styled her pubic hair?
Man A: Totally removed.
Man B: I believe it's called a landing strip? I don't feel qualified to use the lingo but also for journalistic integrity I won't look it up.
Man C: Definitely. Totally removed, which actually threw me off. At the time, I didn't think women my age did that.
Man D: Shaved into a shape.
Do you remember how the woman you last had sex with styled her pubic hair?
Man A: Trimmed, kept short, but not in any specific shape.
Man B: It was all there.
Man C: Yeah. Totally removed.
Man D: I believe she was trimmed? I guess I wasn't paying enough attention.
What do you think when a woman has all of her pubic hair removed?
Man A: I don't really care, honestly.
Man B: YOU DO YOU.
Man C: It seems like they're trying a little harder. Which is flattering. It's also intimidating, though, because I don't put nearly that much effort into grooming.
Man D: I like it! I don't know. It's never been a huge deal for me but I do find a fully shaved bush to be aesthetically pleasing. It's probably my preferred arrangement if I had to choose.
What do you think when a woman has nothing removed?
Man A: I don't mind it, though going down on someone is sometimes a little less pleasant. Hair in the mouth and all that.
Man B: YOU DO YOU.
Man C: The best sex I ever had was with a girl who had done no trimming whatsoever. Still convinced that's the reason it was so great.
Man D: I'm not big into that. Like again, it doesn't bother me that much, but like, I don't know. I've been in some...dank situations before that haven't been the most fun.
If pubic hair grosses you out, why does it?
Man A: It doesn't. It used to though! For some reason, hair seems to have some dirty connotation for people in general. Like if you find hair in the shower or in food, that's gross. It doesn't really make sense. Hair is only dirty if it's not maintained.
Man B: It doesn't. Obviously if you're with someone with substantial hair, you're gonna get the occasional one in the ol' wind pipe. But that's as far as the whole thing goes in terms of hardships, I think.
Man C: It really doesn't.
Man D: It only grosses me out if it's particularly unkempt, and I guess that's just a hygiene thing. It's weird to go down on a girl when you're probably rubbing your nose in a fucking jungle.
Have you ever been totally turned off by the state of a partner's pubes?
Man A: Nope!
Man B: No, but now I'm wondering what it would take for that to be the case.
Man C: I had one partner that had so many ingrown hairs that it was essentially just one big rash down there.
Man D: There was this one hippie girl in college who was cute, the sort of girl who doesn't wear shoes to biology class. I remember when we were hooking up, I reached my hand down her weird hemp dungarees and just realized that, like, the entirety of her lower abdomen was so hairy. Like completely unmanicured from birth. Given her disposition, I guess I expected it, but it was still pretty gross.
Would you ever not have sex with someone because of her pubic hair?
Man A: No! Maybe if they had gotten really weird with it...Like dreads or something. I don't think that's a thing though.
Man B: Nope.
Man C: I can't imagine that being a huge factor.
Man D: Nah, I don't think so.
Would you ever not perform oral sex on someone because of her pubic hair?
Man A: Nope.
Man B: Nope.
Man C: Obviously I'm going to take hygiene into consideration. That's most important here. But hair alone doesn't matter.
Man D: I probably just would try to avoid the subject unless she specifically asked, at that point, I'd probably suck it up.
Do you consider maintaining pubic hair part of a normal grooming routine (like shaving other stuff, or showering)?
Man A: Yep! For myself, I mean.
Man B: Nope.
Man C: Yes, but I don't see it as a priority. Not in the same category as showering, at least.
Man D: Yeah, I think so. I mean, it's all up to the person, I'm not going to fault someone if they don't want to shave their pubes. But I generally like it when I'm sleeping with people who do some yard work.
Do you expect long-term partners to maintain pubes a certain way?
Man A: No.
Man B: Nope, not really. I mean, I kind of keep mine trimmed down but that's more a comfort thing than anything.
Man C: I've never had that conversation. I would hope that they take my preferences into consideration, but since I don't care too much about this, I would feel weird having any expectations.
Man D: As long as it's maintained, I don't really mind.
Have your views or feelings about pubic hair changed as you've gotten older?
Man A: I used to think it was gross, now I'm like, IDC, it's sex!!!
Man B: I don't think so?
Man C: They have evolved, for sure. It used to freak me out.
Man D: I don't think they've changed that much, honestly!
Do you take any measure to maintain or groom your own pubic hair? Do you think men should do this?
Man A: Yep! I keep it tidy.
Man B: I trim down to a nice prison-haircut length every couple of months and try to keep my balls politely clear as much as possible. I would never shave them. I don't know where that advice came from but I totally reject it.
Man C: Yes. I have never removed my hair entirely, but I often trim it to keep things neat. I think men should care about it as much as they care about women's pubic hair. For me, that's barely at all.
Man D: I don't but I do think about it sometimes. I've broached the subject with a couple girlfriends and they've never had any issue with the state of my pubes, so I've never done any grooming. But in the future if someone was really dead set on it? Sure! I don't have a problem with it.
Have you ever been confronted with any particularly memorable pubic hair?
Man A: Dyed sounds fun! But nothing too memorable, no.
Man B: Not really? I remember somewhat recently there was someone coming to visit me for a few days, and she decided to get a trim beforehand. I got a text one lunchtime a few days before she got here telling me the waxer had made her triangle "too small," so during her visit I teased her a lot about that for a few days.
Man C: One time I dated this girl who had shaped her pubic hair into an arrow. Not pointing down though. Pointing up. Still figuring out what that meant.
Man D: No, nothing too insane, unfortunately!
Do you find pubic hair to be sexy or appealing?
Man A: I'm pretty neutral.
Man B: I think confidence and comfort is sexy, and for better or worse, "more" pubic hair is still seen as an ever-so-slight social statement, so I suppose so?
Man C: Yes. Not to say that the absence of pubic hair is any less sexy, but pubic hair on a woman always makes me pay a little more attention to her overall pleasure. Probably something to do with how attention-grabbing it can be.
Man D: Nah, not particularly. That's never been my thing.
Have you ever helped a partner shave her pubes? Would you ever do this?
Man A: No, sounds fun/hard/scary! I don't want to mess up and hurt them.
Man B: I've never done this, but understand it's a "sexy thing" practiced by some people. If I was asked, I'd definitely go for it, but also I'm clumsy and inexperienced! I'd be scared to cause an injury, so to speak.
Man C: No. No. Nonono.
Man D: Nope, but sure, why not?
Have you ever had a particularly negative, pube-related experience?
Man A: Hair stuck in the teeth seems to happen a lot. The first time felt quite gross, but then I got over it.
Man B: Never. God. Have I even lived?
Man C: Not yet.
Man D: I've definitely pulled the occasional pube out of my mouth but I feel like that's pretty normal. Beyond that? Nothing comes to mind.
If you have a pubic hair preference, what is it?
Man A: I guess I prefer a little groundskeeping. Just general trimming, nothing crazy! I do the same for myself so I'd hope that's not unreasonable to anyone. In the end, though, it's very unimportant.
Man B: I really don't. I barely have the energy to get a haircut, so I'm not gonna pass judgment.
Man C: What a strange thing to have a preference for.
Man D: Fully shaved, probably. But as long as there's some sort of care there, I don't mind.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.