I was going to blog about narcissism today, or even how we need to be wary of communing only within our own ideological circles. Interesting things. Important things.
But then I read Fuck Yeah, Motherhood. It sparked a thought, and afterwards the topic of pubic hair consumed me, both as a feminist and as a woman who does not like dangerous hot wax or razors near her Lady Business. I felt it my duty to rant come out in favor of a woman’s right to have 70s bush.
I am not a hairy person. (Let’s give a round of applause to the genetics my mother gave me courtesy of the Cherokee Nation!) So my au natural is barely moderate. In fact, one could even call it sad and inadequate. But I still don’t want to spend my valuable time, during which I could be reading romance novels, to be wasted on grooming something only one guy gets to see. God knows that Sweet Babou could care less. He’s not afraid of a woman’s body, and he doesn’t need it to look like a porn star’s or an anime character.
I think this is the key to why he is so good in the sack. He really, really likes the female form. Not the airbrushed version that has no pores and is mysteriously hairless. Do you know models are waxing their freaking ARMS now people? I wish I were making this up.
What scares me about this trend is the fact that the ‘ideal’ of no pores or hair imitates the way a child looks. My eldest daughter is 5 and she, being a small child, is very thin and doesn’t have hair except on her head and her pores are invisible. She has no ‘flaws’ to airbrush out in her pictures.
Therefore, whether they know it or not, the media is sexualizing children because the way a child looks in real life is now the way a ‘sexy’ woman looks in the media thanks to photoshop. Just with big fake boobies attached to their skinny, hairless, pore-free bodies.
Why do they want women to look pre-pubescent? Or like a very young girl just starting to bloom into her adult sexuality? Because some men, men who are not as wonderful as my Sweet Babou, are afraid of adult women. Adult women have power, and a lot of masculinity is ascribed by the male ability to woo and win women. A young girl doesn’t have that kind of power. She is vulnerable. Thus, she is “sexy”.
Someone hold my hair while I puke.
In short, those men who are afraid they don’t measure up, fear women. Many types of Rape, child-molestation, and the rising number of assaults of Japanese school-girls is blamed on this fear of real, adult women.
Now think about this … when did Twiggy and the waif look come in? It came in when feminism was starting to get its freak on during the 60s and 70s. The more power women get, the more impossibly thin and pore-free the models get. The patriarchy knows women are strong. But if we are dieting, waxing, and clarifying our pores we don’t have much time or energy left over to fight for our rights.
So now my pubic hair is a political statement. Greatness.
All hail the 70s bush! Bring forth the boy-cut bathing suits!