its a mirkin
The Oxford Companion to the Body
dates the origin of the pubic wig to 1450. Women would shave their pubic hair and wear a merkin to combat pubic lice
, and prostitutes would wear them to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis
"A short and curly history of the merkin" in The Guardian
provided a partial history of the merkin. It highlighted "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak
's flashing of a merkin to onlookers.
It has also been suggested that when male actors played female parts onstage, they would cover their genitals with a merkin so they could expose themselves as women in bawdy scenes.
Merkins were also used extensively by striptease artists. Titanic explorer Ralph White
told an excellent merkin tale about his first job in Hollywood as Gypsy Rose Lee's
assistant. She actually sent the young man on an errand to buy a merkin, when he had no idea of what it was. He had to ask the burlesque star what it was, whereby she proceeded to show him.