NSFW: Bluffin’ With My Muffin

I was surprised by my friend’s blank stare when I told her about merkins. Shy readers look away! Merkins are wigs designed for the nether region.

Merkins came up in our conversation when I asked for her opinion about going brazilian or trimmed in regards to last week’s Pubic Wars article.  It got me thinking that an introduction to the accessory would be fitting…

Merkins are crafted from real or synthetic hair, feathers, and other various materials. These fashionable fixtures are temporarily glued to the pubic region — think reusable eyelashes. This unique décor for downstairs is one of latest vajayjay crazes following Jennifer Love Hewitt’s self-confessed love for vajazzling, aka bedazzling the pubic region. You’ve probably seen merkins in popular culture but I bet you didn’t know that it’s an actual fashion trend. Merkins are commonly used in films to prevent a NC-17 rating where the Motion Pictures Association of America decides “content is appropriate only for an adult [18+] audience.” Remember, shaving and trimming of the pubic region only recently became a popular fixture of culture in the mid-20th century. Anna Farris wore one in her bushy Scary Movie scene. Jake Gyllenhal and Anne Hathaway both wore them for sex scenes in Love & Other Drugs. Kim Cattrall donned one in a scene where her Sex and the City character Samantha spots a stray gray downstairs and decides to give dye a shot.

As for the merkin’s origins, they were originally used to cover shaved pubic hair as a result of pubic lice or signs from STDs beginning in the mid-15th century. Yikes!

Merkins are also coveted as novelties and can be found in most adult shops. What if you decided to give brazilian waxing a shot and had horrific results? A merkin can cover any embarassing patches. Or say you wanted to give your partner a fun surprise tonight? A silky or feathery merkin can add some sexual spice to your late night romping. Looking for a more luxurious merkin? The Real Housewives of New York City‘s Cindy Barshop sells real fox fur merkins for $225.

My mother always tells me to try new things, so I might have to take this one up. Who’s with me? If we end up not liking the results, we can always give them to the cat to play with. One kitty’s trash is another kitty’s toy.

Till then- kiss kiss,

Knotty

(  photos via thefrisky & popbytes)