A benefit from Sex and the City

July 9th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Hayley Dixon at the Daily Telegraph reports:

The lice are being threatened with extinction due to the disappearance of their natural habitat as “Brazilian waxing” becomes increasingly popular.

Doctors from the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) believe that they have now pin-pointed the moment the trend went global after an episode of Sex and the City which aired in 2000.

The pubic louse, or Pthirus pubis, have plagued humanity for thousands of years, with archaeologists discovering specimens in the UK as far back as the 1st century AD.

From 1997 to 2003, incidence of the lice dropped from 0.41 per cent to 0.17 per cent, and sexual health clinics around the world have reported that the once common complaint is now extremely rare.

At the same time hair removal grew into a multi billion dollar industry, and in Season 3 when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw visited Los Angeles for a wax it signalled the beginning of the end.

Dr Kun Sen Chen, due to present his findings a the association’s annual conference, said: “What we have seen at work is the law of unintended consequences, in popularising hair removal Carrie Bradshaw and co. have contributed to ridding humanity of pest that had plagued humans for millions of years. Sadly there isn’t an Emmy for that”.

Before the rise of a global mass media the lice were able weather the changing fashions of bodily hair, he added.

I always knew that show had to have some redeeming features :-)

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30 Responses to “A benefit from Sex and the City”

  1. hmmokrightitis (1,580 comments) says:

    You have to love the related posts to this one:

    Hamilton City Council…

    SFO Director slams (!) Government on serious fraud…

    US dollar…

    Thank goodness for that stupid show then :)

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  2. burt (8,183 comments) says:

    Next week we hear how the rise of hair removal has increased the spread of herpes etc due to more broken skin as a result of shaving and waxing allowing the virus to spread more readily….

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  3. kowtow (8,138 comments) says:

    Hollywood and modern culture ( or what passes for culture these days)….monkey see ,monkey do.

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  4. RRM (9,769 comments) says:

    What an accolade.

    And the Oscar for most successful actress in the fight against crabs goes to:

    (drumroll)

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  5. PaulL (6,015 comments) says:

    I’m all in favour. Of the removal of lice of course.

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  6. Mark1 (90 comments) says:

    I guess I must be one of the few blokes who likes my partner to have a bit of carpet down there.

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  7. Peter (1,687 comments) says:

    I’m thinking that character was also a cure for erections…

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  8. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Mark1- How very ‘1970s’ of you…

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  9. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Heh! Sarah Jessica Parker..

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  10. hmmokrightitis (1,580 comments) says:

    Nah, youre not alone Mark, just a matter of degrees I suspect :) Less shag (!) pile than artfully crafted landing strip for mine :)

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  11. muggins (3,341 comments) says:

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/12/there-are-some-great-health-reasons-not-go-bare-down-there/46119/

    Pubic hair is there for a reason.

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  12. Ed Snack (1,833 comments) says:

    I guess this shows the significant part played by highly promiscuous young women in spreading all sorts of VD. The uptake of pubic hair removal is probably (more research obviously needed here) relatively restricted to a fairly small number of women (those empty headed enough to watch SITC ?), and yet it is creditied with a world-wide reduction in pubic lice…

    And I always thought that they were known as “pediculosis pubis”, roughly translated as “little pattering feet on the private parts” too.

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  13. hmmokrightitis (1,580 comments) says:

    Dear Ed,

    Do you try and be a knob deliberately, or does it come naturally?

    What about highly promiscuous young men? Or does VD somehow ‘jump’ from person to person as you pass them in the street? I have news for you…

    Relatively small number? Do you read, or get out much?

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  14. dime (9,793 comments) says:

    I always thought it was the availability of porn that lead to this..

    ive noticed brazillians arent as common in new porn.. maybe a trend…

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  15. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    A horse said what now??

    :)

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  16. MT_Tinman (3,092 comments) says:

    muggins (2,475) Says:
    July 9th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Pubic hair is there for a reason.

    Shaving practice?

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  17. Mark1 (90 comments) says:

    dime (6,613) Says:
    July 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    I always thought it was the availability of porn that lead to this..
    ive noticed brazillians arent as common in new porn.. maybe a trend…

    Dime – I wouldn’t know.

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  18. RRM (9,769 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t know.

    We can tell :-P

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  19. marcw (242 comments) says:

    One unintended result – in Brazil there is less chance of finding a hair in your soup. :)

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  20. Colville (2,242 comments) says:

    One unintended result – in Brazil there is less chance of finding a hair in your soup.

    or stuck between your teeth… :-)

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  21. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    muggins, thanks for giving us the perspective of angry hairy lesbians. I am sure attractive normal women will know what to do with it.

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  22. Monique Angel (266 comments) says:

    How many men do you know are happy to sport a mustache? It’s about the same percentage of the female population of the age bracket 18-58 that are happy to sport a hairy muff.

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  23. nasska (11,092 comments) says:

    Monique

    We have, supposedly female, Green Members of Parliament who have probably dodged the carpet clippers & sport moustaches that would make John Holmes envious to boot! :)

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  24. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Monique Angel, I wish I had thought of that comment. It seems to be a trend that extends outside of our own borders. European women go so far as to suggest various trimmings of male areas too.

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  25. nasska (11,092 comments) says:

    Some of the poor bastards pay a high price Kea. :)

    Ref: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e1rvx7gugnl1eev/Wax%202.jpg

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  26. Monique Angel (266 comments) says:

    Call me old fashioned but I’m of the opinion that waxing one’s body parts doesn’t necessarily give you herpes but rooting around can.

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  27. Monique Angel (266 comments) says:

    @Kea. Men are not immune from this waxing trend. Apparently defoliating the underbrush makes the trunk appear bigger.

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  28. PaulL (6,015 comments) says:

    Trunk. I like that. I think I’ll tell the missus that all future references must include the word trunk.

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  29. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Monique Angel , you clearly watch too much porn [ as if that's possible]. You have maintained my faith in women though :)

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  30. hmmokrightitis (1,580 comments) says:

    Some, ahem, of my male friends who also run ultras ‘do downstairs’. They tell me that it removes a range of issues when going, um, long :)

    I couldn’t possibly comment :)

    That said, the Mrs liked it when I was doing IM triathlons and lots of road biking and the pins got shaved as well :)

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