Although Hollywood is known for sex scenes in which two hairless bodies roll around with one another on a set of silk sheets, the merkin — or pubic wig — lives on. The merkin has been there for Hollywood when it needs it most. There it was, prominently full on Kate Winslet in The Reader. There it was, full and proud on basically every woman engaging in a full-frontal scene on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Check this FAKE merkin out, everyone. It's not real!
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Perhaps due to shame-related reasons, no one can say with absolute certainty when the first merkin prototype was fashioned and worn. Independent of the puritanical need to hide our goodies, it is fair to speculate that the first small mane of falsies was sported with an aspirational air. Noble and wealthy people were known to wear wigs … and it is thought that a type of merkin was fashionable; it could be worn to show that they were rich enough to maintain their pubic hair. Mosey across centuries and continents and you will find that attitudes toward pubic hair and merkin deployment have changed quite a bit. Cineasts think they glimpsed phony curlies when Mary-Louise Parker disrobed in Angels in America or when Suzanna Hamilton did the same in Nineteen Eighty-Four , but only their hairdressers know. Perhaps the most undeniable instance of merkin-clad performing is Sasha Grey in Entourage. We know, because the Internet. These tiny faux- fros had already begun their odyssey of cultural utility when Antony and Cleopatra was staged at the Old Vic.
The Curious Case of Merkins (aka The “Vagina Wig”)
Updated: March 1, Reader-Approved References. A merkin is a wig made to cover the pubic area. It is typically used by women as a bedroom accessory or as a way to disguise their pubic area in films  They can be worn for as little as a few hours to as long as 3 or 4 days. Whatever reason you choose to wear a merkin for, you must take care to apply it properly. This includes waxing or shaving your pubic areas. To attach a merkin, start by waxing your pubic hair if you plan on wearing the merkin for more than 2 days or shaving your pubic hair if you plan on using your merkin for only 1 to 2 days. Next, buy some spirit gum or a cosmetic adhesive for gluing fake hair and apply it to the back perimeter of the merkin. Wait 20 seconds for the gum to become tacky before placing the merkin gum-side down onto your skin. Then, hold the merkin down for a few seconds while it sets.
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