Dear Level

Your Pubic Hair Poses a Problem

It’s time to have the manscaping conversation with your partner

Aliya S. King
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3 min readMay 8, 2020


Illustration: Janet Sung

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I’ve been writing this column for months now, and I’ve enjoyed the feedback from loyal readers. It seems like the vast majority of y’all are careful, gentle lovers. You’re open-minded and down for (most) new experiences. (Except none of y’all were interested in, um, changing your diet.) And in part because of that, we accept you for who you are.

If there’s one thing that social distancing has taught us, it’s that the LEVEL reader really cares about hair — from going gray to debating the most iconic styles to guidance on how to keep it growing in abundance. We women love your hair (the hair on your head), whether you’re rockin’ with a poofy ’fro or thinning to the point where you’ve decided to come home. Rock that baldie with pride!

Truth be told, as long as you treat us right, keep us satisfied, and are willing to try something new every now and then, we could give a damn about what’s going on atop your dome. Confidence comes from within, not from Samson-length locks.

Perhaps she’d appreciate a trim with a number-two guard — or if you went completely bald down under, like Fredro Starr in Australia.

So if you’ve been feeling insecure about your situation, take a moment after your next shower and peep your reflection in the bathroom mirror. Look at the handsome face, the maybe kinda-rugged hairline, smile, and think to yourself, Who cares if it’s been two months since my last cut? My partner loves me just the way I am.

Now, while you’re still standing there naked, look down. No, lower. You see that other scruffy situation going on?

Yeah, we’re gonna need you to handle that.

Many women take it upon themselves to figure out a hair management routine for their nether regions — especially if their partners ask for it. (My waxing salon has been closed for months, so I’m going to have to grab some clippers and take matters into my…



Aliya S. King
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Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.