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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