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What is a merkin?

What is a merkin?Merkins are pubic wigs worn by women who had shaved their pubic hair off to prevent lice. These hairy contraptions has been around since the 1400s. During the Victorian era, prostitutes wore merkins to conceal the fact that they had diseases like syphilis. During those times, mercury was used to treat sexually transmitted diseases and one of the side effects was the loss of pubic hair. To disguise this condition, that was not cured by mercury, a merkin was employed.

Males also use merkins.  Theater actors, who play female parts onstage, would cover their genitals with a merkin so they could expose themselves as women in bawdy scenes.

At present, merkins are still around and are mainly used as decorative items.  It is still used by film actors to conceal their genitals in nude scenes.

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