is a Pubic Wig?
A pubic wig (otherwise known as a pubic hair wig, merkin, or kitty
carpet) is a patch of artificial hair that adheres to the genital
area. The term "merkin" is the original word to refer to this
accessory. The word "merkin" derives from a now-obsolete word
("malklin") that was used to refer to a lower-class woman or a mop.
The word first appeared in the 1700s, although the pubic wig has a
recorded history of being in use since the 1400s. Today the term
"merkin" is used interchangeably with the term "pubic wig."
Pubic wigs were first worn in the 1700s by prostitutes who were
forced to shave their pubic region due to pubic lice infections or
other sexually transmitted diseases. These women did not want to
reveal the fact that they had a lice infection that caused them to
remove all of their pubic hair, so they simply wore pubic wigs and
no one was the wiser (one can assume).
Today the pubic wig has a variety of uses: they are used as
decorative items, erotic devices and in films. Also, they are used
by both men and women. Because sexually transmitted diseases are
much less common today than they were in the 1400s, there is no
need to use the pubic wig to hide anything. Instead, it is more
looked at as a fun accessory or joke.