Random Facts #2: Merkins

by Jason Stotts

Think you know every strange fact about sex there is to know?  Well, have you ever heard of merkins?

A merkin is a pubic wig whose use dates back at least as far as the fifteenth century, according to wikipedia, which says:

The Oxford Companion to the Body dates the origin of the pubic wig to the 1450s. Women would shave their pubic hair and wear a merkin to combat pubic lice, and prostitutes would wear them to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis.

And now you know.

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