Pubic hair. Shaved, trimmed, left alone, waxed out of existence or Vajazzled, we are both fascinated and utterly repelled by what women do and don’t do with their hair “down there”. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about pubic hair – and it’s always that what someone else is doing is a little weird.
So, when did the hair at the high tide line become more shocking than ordinary nudity?
Social media sites are censoring any minute display of women’s pubic hair, as a natural look is making a comeback. Last year designer mannequins with full bushes in a store window got social media claiming, it’s the year of the bush!
Lest you worry that bikini waxers will be going out of business by the handful, they too are changing with the times: you can now purchase a “full bush Brazilian” which involves “removing all hair from the labia and butt crack while leaving the top untouched”. (That sounds to me like a vaginal mullet – “business in the front, party in the back”.)
So, is the stray pube censorship part of a pubic hair backlash? Or just the standard misogynist disdain for anything on a woman that hasn’t been properly shaved, trimmed, nipped and tucked? Even though visible pubic hair is being taken up as a social media cause along the lines of the nipple, I’m not holding out hope that it will end the way that women’s bodies are sexualized or controversialized.
Because even within feminism, we still find ourselves deriding other women’s body hair choices as somehow unfeminist – judging women’s extremely private choices about their body. But let she who hasn’t waxed throw the first stone! While some people have it out over whether a full bush beats a shaved one (and which is best for feminism) I’ll look forward to the day that our poor over-debated pubic hairs are given a break and left to their own devices – whether barely there or poking out the sides of our bathing suits.