For the record I don’t shave my body. Not my pubes, not my arm pits or my legs. Now I will admit I am not particularly hairy but sometimes it is the thought that counts. I’m not much into gender and gender defining me as a woman. Real women have body hair on their pubes, underarms and legs. It is gender that tells us it is improper for women to have hair in those places. It is the bullshit of gender that guilt trips women who do not conform by shaving those areas. Further gender come up with stupidity such as labeling us gender outlaws and deviants if we don’t obey the socially imposed dictates of gender.
Now that more women aren’t depilating, we see depictions of what naturally happens when women don’t shave banned from view
Jessica ValentiFriday 23 January 2015
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.
Earlier this week, Instagram deleted the account of Australian magazine Sticks and Stones after it posted a picture of two women in bathing suits with (apparently natural) pubic hair sticking out on the sides. In 2013, the social media platform did the same thing to Canadian photographer Petra Collins when she put up a photo of her unaltered bikini line. (Neither photograph displayed anything approaching actual nudity – just pubes poking out the edges of underwear.)
Instagram is hardly alone. The television show The Bachelor has been accused of putting a black bar over a woman’s pubic hair, and earlier this year a painting was removed from a London exhibition because it was deemed “pornographic” for displaying a woman’s pubic hair.
So when did the hair at the high tide line become more shocking than a nipple?
Even as social media sites, television shows and museums are censoring any minute display of women’s pubic hair, a natural look is making a comeback. Last year American Apparel featured mannequins with full bushes in a store window and The New York Times Style section claimed “a fuller look is creeping back”. The Guardian even called 2014 “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”.)