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Pubic Lice Being Wiped Out By ‘Bikini Waxing’

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Pubic lice almost wiped out thanks to the popularity of bikini waxing

13 January 2013

Add this to the list of ever growing reasons to praise the bikini wax – it may have made pubic lice and endangered species.

"Praise"? Where is the outrage? This is habitat destruction. Why isn’t the headline: ‘Bikini waxing environmental disaster for pubic lice’?

After all, lice are Gaia’s children, too.

Doctors say that as pubic hair disappears, so do the crab-shaped insects that have made homes in human groins since man first appeared.

In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t treated a woman with pubic lice since 2008 while male cases have fallen 80 per cent from about 100 a decade ago.

‘It used to be extremely common; it’s now rarely seen,’ said Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales’s Kirby Institute and a physician at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre. ‘Without doubt, it’s better grooming.’

Manhattan’s J Sisters salon attracts as many as 200 clients a day for their hair removal treatments and custom designs, with their signature Brazilian costing about $75.

Even men are having their pubic hair removed in a treatment called the ‘Sunga’ that runs $90.

Well, maybe porn stars.

More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair. And the waxing technique popularized in the 190s by a Manhattan salon run by Brazilian sisters is still trendy.

‘Pubic grooming has led to a severe depletion of crab louse populations,’ said Ian F. Burgess, a medical entomologist with Insect Research & Development Ltd. in Cambridge, England. ‘Add to that other aspects of body hair depilation, and you can see an environmental disaster in the making for this species.’

Where is the World Wildlife Federation? Where is Green Peace? Where are the pro-lice celebrities?

Pubic lice infest up to 10 per cent of the population, researchers at East Carolina University said in a 2009 study.

The pests are usually treated with topical insecticides. The trends suggest a new way of curbing one of the world’s most contagious sexually transmitted infections…

Still, DDT would be a lot cheaper.

A female louse needs to only mate once to be fertile for the rest of her lifetime, and can lay eggs every day. Young lice immediately feed on blood…

They’re not the only ones.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pubic Lice Being Wiped Out By ‘Bikini Waxing’”

  1. Do your part, today!

    Whoa, not so fast there, Granny …..

  2. This is ‘size-ism’! Just because these crabs are small, they don’t have the same rights as King crabs? Why aren’t these little lice on the endangered species list? It’s fascism! So judgmental!

  3. morninggloryseed

    I have nothing useful to add except to say thank you for the laugh….I needed it.

  4. JohnMG

    So let me get this straight……..they are much like our vaunted ‘pub(l)ic servants in Washington DC? If this is a sexually transmitted infection it gives a whole new meaning to pub(l)ic service. And once again, we’re the victims of unintended consequences. Sometimes you get more than you pay for.

    If waxing looks like a soloution wouldn’t and feathers render the same result?

    (Nice picture, Steve.) ;-}




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