So, you’d be blind not to pick up on the masses of beards, which have spread across the country. Loved by hipsters, hippies and footballers alike, beards have made a comeback. Personally I love it and consider myself a serious pogonophile (lover of beards).
Scientists have come out and said that beards are healthy, they prevent sun damage and also the inhalation of pollens and other nasties in the air. But what about our pubes? Fashion has dealt ladies a different blow, they get the opposite. For guys growing a strong and healthy beard is cool, hot and manly; women with pubes, not even an overgrown pubic region is given the same stature. In fact the removal of all pubic hair has now become ‘normal’, the widely accepted thing to do.
Its not often girls and women get to check out eachothers pube styles (maybe apart from that awkward moment in the ladies changing room or if you are getting down and dirty with a particularly hot female friend of yours) and so the main examples of women’s vulvas are what you see in movies and more specifically, porn.
The Brazilian wax apparently was created in the year I was born, 1987 to get rid of crabs, seeing as they have pretty much no hair to hide in. Its popularity in porn has went through the roof since then, taking over the mainstream. With special thanks to Sex in the City, popularising and normalising the hairless bikini line. Porn with pubic hair, has since been grouped as a fetish, despite its natural growth around our genitals.
However, it seems the role of the ‘hipster’ is never too far away. Sasha Grey ex-porn star turned actress, bared all in an episode of ‘Entourage’ a few years back, displaying her ample yet tidy bush for the world to see. After her bush getting a bash (sorry I couldn’t help it) she tweeted: “A lot of bush comments after tonight’s #Entourage episode. If you’re curious…that’s what a grown woman looks like. Besides, I shave where it counts. I’m happy to contribute to making it ok again:) All ‘fashions’ have their cycles!” and so they do.
Of course there’s never a trend without a big brand name jumping on it, namely American Apparel. You just have to take a look at their tumblr, to see the inspiration they get from ‘vintage’ American porn, pubes included.
When should we expect this mainstream take over though? We have been here before though. Is it possible to compare Sasha Grey’s pubic hair to Francisco de Goya’s La Maja Desnuda, which also shocked and disgusted so many? Compare, not for artistic merit, but for the cultural ramifications of displaying pubic hair on a beautiful woman.
Goya’s La Maja shocked because the pubic hair was so arousing, due to it not being seen in works of art before. It brought a level of realism, at a time when women were painted like hairless ethereal creatures. Sasha Grey did not have to worry about her hair being censored, but the task is almost harder, as the shock came from how natural she was. Women have been given a task (if they choose to accept it) to live up to the aesthetic put out to them, to be like models and pornstars; they are our modern day Venus, which we compare ourselves to.
It was shocking for people to see Grey the pornstar/ actress/ modern day ethereal creature, as being natural. This is not arousing, as our ethereal creatures sell sex, and she did not look like she was selling anything.
Even if she has sparked a craze in the hipster porn scene and a bit further spread, the change hasn’t been significant, with so many growing up waxing, shaving and tweezing every hair until they look like children again.
Hopefully, this new generation of hairy faced boys and less hairy girls, will understand the joys of letting it all grow free and embrace the bush or whatever funny shape they mould it into. Lets face it, winter is approaching, gas bills are up, we need all the warmth we can get!