First Bloomberg News breathily exclaimed Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species.
In Save The Pubic Lice! Or, Adventures In Lousy Reporting the staff of the respectable Sex and the 405 called their bluff.
I've mentioned in the past that humans around the world and through time -- from the ancient Egyptians to observant Moslems to King Louis XIV's France to Laura Ingalls Wilder's fellow "Little House on the Prairie" pioneers to 1960s hippies in Haight Ashbury used shaving, plucking, threading, sugaring, and, yes, even waxing to remove their body hair in order to... control pubic and other body lice. Not to disappoint Larry Flynt or Gwyneth Paltrow but for most people hairlessness hasn't been a synonym for "hot!"
And yet pubic lice have persisted despite something on the order of billions of people depiliating for reasons far more personal and urgent than to tickle their partner's fancies (or, I guess since we're talking about hair removal, not tickle them)
And now, if you're inclined to believe studies of unknown size or provenance, here's another reason why lice may still be with us for a while.
About a year ago a journal called Medical News Today published the following, under the keywords "Dermatology; Tropical Diseases:" Want To Stop Bed Bug Bites? Don't Shave Off That Body Hair.
So. Bedbugs vs. body lice. Whee!
All I can say is thank goodness we here in the 21st Century can condemn, celebrate, and otherwise debate it as a fashion issue instead of a health one.