"Although it is a topic relevant to everyone in the United States, pubic hair is a subject rarely talked about.  This research provides a comprehensive history of perceptions of body hair and body hair removal as well as a critique of the practice of removing body hair (and pubic hair in particular) and of promoting a culture of acceptable ephebophilia in the United States through analysis of literature, popular culture references and norms, and personal interviews.  

When I initially thought of this topic, I knew it was something that I was interested in talking about, but I thought that I was the only one.  Pubic hair is a topic that everyone thinks about, but nobody talks about.  I was surprised and delighted by the amount of positive feedback I received from conducting interviews or sharing with peers (and professors and Goucher staff!) what I was researching.  People want an outlet and a safe space to talk about things that might be uncomfortable but that everyone thinks about.  Sex has become a culturally acceptable discussion topic, but pubic hair is still not talked about.  I am very pleased to have been able to take on such a big topic and bring the conversation about pubic hair into the open."

-- Emma Trisolini

Verge is an undergraduate journal that is faculty- and student-nominated, and faculty- and student-advised. It collects the best of academic, research-based writing and more creative nonfiction work. The journal's interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the links between different academic departments, as well as the links between the curiosities, inquiries, and achievements of individuals who might not otherwise know about one another's work.

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