Bahar Houshmand notes that nipple hair is quite common, however individuals hardly ever discuss it. “Like every other type of physique hair, breast hair can range in quantity, thickness, and colour from individual to individual,” she says. It’s regular to have physique hair, however Bahar Houshmand notes that the quantity of hair can rely in your ethnic background.
We’ve been making an attempt to “free the nipple” for generations, says Alicia Sinclair Rosen, intercourse educator and founding father of b-Vibe and Le Wand. “Heck, you possibly can’t even present a lady’s nipple (even whereas breastfeeding) in public or social media,” she says, referring to the truth that regardless that breastfeeding pictures are technically allowed on some platforms, they’re typically reported by different customers, which places them prone to being taken down together with different footage of individuals with breasts in numerous states of undress. “As soon as we add one thing thought of masculine, equivalent to physique hair, into the combo, a taboo is born,” she says. “[If] a female nipple with a ‘masculine’ trait is not portrayed in media, it creates thriller and will be thought of erotic.”
So it is no shock that the hyper-sexualization of this physique half makes it tremendous taboo usually. Plus, not like underarm or leg hair, this kind of physique hair is not one thing you are prone to encounter on any previous enterprise day of the week, so that you merely could not have a big pattern dimension of different individuals’s “normals” to check your individual to.
How can we normalize nipple hair?
“Science is at all times the reply,” says Gohara. “Acknowledge that it’s biologically regular.” If we talked extra overtly about our personal nipple hair inside our private circles to the extent that we felt snug, we might all notice it is one thing most of us have.
Bahar Houshmand agrees discussing nipple hair is essential to understanding that having hair round your nipples is tremendous regular and never one thing you want to stress about or do away with if it is not bothering you. “If it does trouble you or looks like an indication one thing’s up along with your well being, speak to your physician to debate methods you possibly can take away it,” she says.
“Speaking overtly about nipple hair, showcasing nipples with hair in sensual or attractive pictures, and never making it the butt of a joke might help normalize what is definitely fairly regular,” says Sinclair Rosen. “Lots of the present discussions round nipple hair are positioned as one thing to be ashamed of or it’s a bizarre physique attribute that equates to a lady being much less female or attractive. When in actuality, it’s simply physique hair.”
And should you’re nonetheless not into it, how are you going to take away nipple hair?
Though it is broadly accepted that people naturally have leg hair, no matter gender, some individuals nonetheless select to take away it — and that is simply fantastic. In the identical method, having open conversations about nipple hair would possibly nonetheless lead some to the conclusion that they need to do away with it.