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Gender, Self-Objectification and Pubic Hair Removal

Gender, Self-Objectification and Pubic Hair Removal,10.1007/s11199-010-9922-z,Sex Roles,Linda Smolak,Sarah K. Murnen

Gender, Self-Objectification and Pubic Hair Removal   (Citations: 1)
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Pubic hair removal is common in college age men and women in the United States and Australia. The present research addresses two questions related to this practice: (1) Are objectification and body shape concerns related to pubic hair removal; and (2) Do these relationships differ by gender? U.S. undergraduates, 148 women and 76 men, completed questionnaires about the presence, frequency of, and reasons for pubic hair removal; self-objectification, including self-surveillance and body shame; self-consciousness in sexual situations; and drives for leanness, thinness, and muscularity. While both genders reported similar rates of pubic hair removal, women reported greater frequency and higher normative, sexiness, and cleanliness reasons for pubic hair removal. Normative and sexiness reasons were positively correlated with self-surveillance. The relationships among normative and sexiness reasons and self-objectification were significantly higher for women with women’s body shame and self-surveillance scores more strongly impacted by normative and sexiness reasons. Findings are interpreted within the framework of objectification theory.
Journal: Sex Roles , pp. 1-12
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    • ...men and women differ in their frequency and motives for pubic hair removal (Smolak and Murnen 2011a), cosmetic surgery attitudes (Menzel et al. 2011), and rates of fat talk (Payne et al. 2010)...
    • ...Individual differences in body surveillance and body shame are related to normative and sexiness reasons for pubic hair removal for U. S. women but not U.S. men (Smolak and Murnen 2011a)...
    • ...To investigate this more closely, Smolak and Murnen (2011a) explored gender differences and predictors of pubic hair removal in women and men from the Midwestern U.S...
    • ...For instance, striving to attain the gendered body ideal requires individuals (especially women) to constantly monitor and groom their pubic hair, stealing their valuable time (Smolak and Murnen 2011a) and men to portray themselves as tall, even if they have to exaggerate their height (Bogaert and McCreary 2011)...

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