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Straight Talk: Girl, 16, faces pressure over not shaving

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I'm 16 and unlike most girls I know, I prefer to be natural and don't shave or wax. My friends accept this as my business, however, my stepsisters, with whom I share a room every other weekend, say I look gross with pubic hair and proudly display their shave and wax jobs.

They say their boyfriends and nearly all guys prefer it. I have a boyfriend, but we aren't to this point, however, someday in life, this point will come.

Does it really matter to guys if a girl shaves and waxes? Also, how do I deal with my stepsisters?

— Molly, Petaluma

Sarah, 16, Monclova, Ohio: The pressure to shave and wax is another way girls are made to feel insecure about their appearance. In all honesty, it's a huge hassle and even harmful. Due to porn, it has become the norm for many guys to expect a hairless girl. What I've learned: If a guy respects and loves you, he'll accept the natural you. If he doesn't, he doesn't deserve you.


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