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Old 05-04-2007, 01:14 PM
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Why is the anus (or more correctly, the skin surronding it) brown?

At a BBQ with friends last weekend we got onto discussing this question over burgers and snacks. Lovely dinner conversation and it's still on my mind as some of the answers my pals were coming up with were quite strange indeed.

So, I thought of this place here.

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Old 05-04-2007, 01:36 PM
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There are a lot of blood vessels in that general region, and I believe that they contribute to the color.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:47 PM
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You have not seen enough anuses. The range of colors out there is much wider than you have been lead to believe. More research is necessary.

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Old 05-04-2007, 01:48 PM
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BBQ sauce?
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:55 PM
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The area around the anus is naturally red/brown from pigmentation. If it is only the colouration you have nothing to be concerned about.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:55 PM
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At a BBQ with friends last weekend we got onto discussing this question over burgers and snacks. Lovely dinner conversation and it's still on my mind as some of the answers my pals were coming up with were quite strange indeed.

So, I thought of this place here.

Guys, can you help?
Hmmm...

I'm still a "Guest" here, I've made maybe 6 posts.

Oh, well. Credibility be damned!

Mine is more of a light reddish color.

I use Charmin Freshmates.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:18 PM
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Is there really such a thing as anal bleaching, or is that just an urban legend?
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:27 PM
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Is there really such a thing as anal bleaching, or is that just an urban legend?
Jenny McCarthy has a whole chapter (humorous) dedicated to it in her latest book. Bleaching is supposedly pretty popular in Hollywood.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:34 PM
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Marge: You're soaking in it.
Scumpup: Anal bleach?
Marge: Relax, it's Proctolive.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:52 PM
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Hmm. I figured It must be because of... you know.. all the poop?

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Old 05-04-2007, 03:03 PM
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I'm blissfully ignorant of the color of my anus, but I can't see getting it bleached.

Suppose the roots came back in dark? Wouldn't that be a dead giveaway?

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Old 05-04-2007, 04:16 PM
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At a BBQ with friends last weekend we got onto discussing this question over burgers and snacks. Lovely dinner conversation and it's still on my mind as some of the answers my pals were coming up with were quite strange indeed.

So, I thought of this place here.

Guys, can you help?
Generally the whole perineal region--Mr Happy's knapsack, the external labia, the perianal area, and the skin in between, are more pigmented than the surrounding skin. Even when carefully scrubbed with lots of soap.

Certainly not universally true, but more often than not, I'd say. I've had occasion to view thousands but never thought to tally 'em up for color differential.

Gotta be related to visual cues somewhere in our evolutionary past but it's kinda like asking why anything is different. Same deal w/ nipples and areolae; more visual than directly functional.

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Old 05-04-2007, 04:24 PM
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...but I can't see getting it bleached.
Don't they give you a mirror?
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:28 PM
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Don't they give you a mirror?
No, a telescope. Never did figure that one out.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:30 PM
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I figured this was done by the same method as by those people who pick out brown carpet for their homes. "Don't worry Hank...if we get the brown, dirt will never show on it."

I figured some evolutionary bit of brilliance had managed the same thing.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:43 PM
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I figured this was done by the same method as by those people who pick out brown carpet for their homes. "Don't worry Hank...if we get the brown, dirt will never show on it."

I figured some evolutionary bit of brilliance had managed the same thing.
Then why didn't evolution provide the same for cats? Or is it just that cats want you to look?
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:11 PM
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Or is it just that cats want you to look?
Absolutely. Why else would they walk around like that?
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:33 PM
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Absolutely. Why else would they walk around like that?
Hah! Ever try to get a good look at Mr. Dibbles' turdcutter? Because you have some actual good medical reason to do so? Oh no, then he acts like you're some kind of pervert!
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:33 PM
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Absolutely. Why else would they walk around like that?
And stick it in your face every chance they get...
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:42 PM
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You have not seen enough anuses. The range of colors out there is much wider than you have been lead to believe. More research is necessary.
You must have been one of the "bend over and spread your cheeks" guys.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:46 PM
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While I am not an expert on assholes (God, that deserves an acronym!), I suspect it's a combination of two things:

1. Some body parts change naturally at puberty. The five small children whose anuses I have had occasion to pay any attention to, in changing diapers or bathing them, had "nothing special" coloration -- moderately pinker than the surrounding skin, presumably due to the blood vessels in the area. But typically the scrotum and the labia darken, to a varying extent, at puberty, and I'd venture to guess the same is true for the anus.

2. Bilirubin is, after all, a pigment, as well as a significant part of the excreta. Without any distasteful jokes on relative cleanliness, I'd be quite unsurprised to find that over time it dyed paler tissues it came in contact with, by reabsorption, even with extreme cleanliness.
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:33 PM
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I asked this question on this board before a long time ago and I think the best answer was because of glands. Here is a link for the old thread.

I'm still bothered by that whole bleaching question though. I don't know how anyone can bleach their glands off. Or if they did I don't know how they would ever want to sit down again.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:32 PM
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No, a telescope. Never did figure that one out.
"Warning: Objects may be closer than they appear."
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Old 05-04-2007, 11:36 PM
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You know, there's this new product-it's called toilet paper. You might want to look into it.



Seriously, am I the only one who thinks that anal bleaching is probably, bar none, the stupidest, most pointless cosmetic procedure ever?
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Old 05-05-2007, 12:17 AM
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Yeah, like Guin said, you should wipe better.

Not so much that's pink and swollen, but clearly better than to leave it brown.

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Old 05-05-2007, 01:26 AM
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Seriously, am I the only one who thinks that anal bleaching is probably, bar none, the stupidest, most pointless cosmetic procedure ever?
Not if you're a porn star, which I'm fairly certain are the biggest customer base (assuming it's real, cause I still haven't seen any evidence that it is...though the fact that a good 90% (at least) of porn stars have perfect pink balloon knots is probably pretty good evidence.)
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:50 AM
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Socrates said "Know Thyself," and this thread really made me wonder. After all my years and all my, *cough*, adventures, I have no idea what color my anus is!

This calls for empirical testing. My hypothesis is that it's pink. Dont worry though, this will be an unpublished experiment
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Old 05-05-2007, 06:29 PM
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Still, it seems odd that the place "where the sun don't shine" has the darkest tan.
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Old 05-06-2007, 04:49 AM
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Hah! Ever try to get a good look at Mr. Dibbles' turdcutter?
I don't think I could see it from here, since MrDibble lives in South Africa.
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:52 AM
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There..umm...might be a picture of me mooning the camera on the internet, but it's not under my username and I sure as hell ain't linking!
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:19 AM
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Not if you're a porn star, which I'm fairly certain are the biggest customer base (assuming it's real, cause I still haven't seen any evidence that it is...though the fact that a good 90% (at least) of porn stars have perfect pink balloon knots is probably pretty good evidence.)

Maybe, but I still think it's stupid.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:12 PM
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I don't think I could see it from here, since MrDibble lives in South Africa.
Heh, forgot that was also a poster. We call my cat Mr. Dibbles when we want to piss him off, and even as we speak he's trying to put his (pale pink) anus right up in my grill.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:03 PM
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Not if you're a porn star, which I'm fairly certain are the biggest customer base (assuming it's real, cause I still haven't seen any evidence that it is...though the fact that a good 90% (at least) of porn stars have perfect pink balloon knots is probably pretty good evidence.)
Pink Cheeks is a waxing salon in Los Angeles that is quite famous for their bikini waxes. All the Playboy girls go there to get every bit of hair removed from their nether regions, as do many porn stars from the near off San Fernando Valley.

Pink Cheeks also offers a very popular anal bleaching. From their site:

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Go ahead laugh, butt some people need it. This was a service that we offered "under the radar" but now that more and more are responding to the desire for it we are offering it publicly. You apply the bleaching crème every night. You will see your results within a week and a half to a month and a half. The speed of the visual result is contingent on your melanin depth which you've inherited. Everyone lightens up at different speeds. We have observed great response to this product.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:50 PM
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You have not seen enough anuses.
I've seen plenty. and yes, the colors vary quite a bit, but we're talking about the same kind of skin that you find on scrota, labia, aereola, and other "demarcated" regions. No one knows why, of course, but one might reasonably guess it's "hey, I've got a special purpose, and I want you to distinguish me from that run-of-the-mill skin over there." Either as a warning or an invitation, it's all the same.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:39 AM
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Question-wouldn't anal bleaching also be kind of dangerous?

ETA: I love the title of this article.

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Old 05-07-2007, 01:29 AM
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am I the only one who thinks that anal bleaching is probably, bar none, the stupidest, most pointless cosmetic procedure ever?
No.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:06 PM
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It's a rather delicate subject, but a really good question. My initial take on it was that the anus, vulva, scrotum, penis, and areolas all are erogenous zones, easily stimulated, similarly colored, and amazingly adept at stretching/contracting, very quick, when stimulated, so there would be an easy answer to be found. "Must be sumthin' about that sorta skin's ability to stretch", I figgered. And we experience that everyday, so, researchers have been working non-stop, right?

But, my Googlin' is weak: could find links to research papers dealing with "genital melanocytes", but didn't have access to the papers, and probably wouldn't have been able to decipher and understand them if I had.

One, perhaps helpful Wiki site might lead a more astute Doper, especially a medical expert, to a better answer. From what I could tell in the abstracts pulled up, there is a correlation between genital melanin compounds, the pituitary gland, and serotonin. This would make sense in the normal functioning of those human bits.

Hope this helps a more intelligent sort give a real answer. It's not a nasty question at all; I'm really curious, and hope Cecil hisself might take it on to shed light on the everyday bidness of the nether regions.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:12 AM
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From Guin's cite:

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She told me that she would wax the anus first...



How many coats? How much do you buff it? Don't it make your brown eyes blue?
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:00 AM
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Jenny McCarthy has a whole chapter (humorous) dedicated to it in her latest book. Bleaching is supposedly pretty popular in Hollywood.
This has to be a joke. I didn't think Jenny McCarthy could read a book, much less write one, much less write more than one.
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