February 2012

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Thanks for your kind and encouraging words after my last post. I’m glad to be back — though as you can see, still not keeping up with posting as readily as I would like. Still, I’m back in a pubic-hair-state-of-mind again: I’m having more conversations with people about the ol’ short-and-curlies (I’m a joy at a party, let me tell you), and am starting to pay more attention to the issue in the media again.

Speaking of which:

I was listening to CBC Radio the other day — for those you not in Canada, it’s our public broadcaster — when I heard some subject-appropriate material on the morning current affairs program called The Current. The host, Anna-Maria Tremonti, was talking to the people behind a new documentary called ‘Sext Up Kids’ (a trailer of the doc is available here). The film explores the “hyper sexualization” of kids — from the availability of kiddie lingerie, to the complications girls contend with when their sexy cell phone pictures get sent out to the world by spurned (and immature) boyfriends. The normalizing of pubic hair removal among young women also came up.

I have to admit that I didn’t manage to catch the doc when it aired on TV last week, but I did enjoy the conversation Anna-Maria had with the filmmakers on the radio. I think this is a fascinating and complicated issue — and while I know plenty of teenaged girls who haven’t allowed the media to convince them that their most powerful tool is a flaunted body, it’s also hard to ignore how powerful and pervasive sexed-up culture is these days (do I sound like an old person yet?).

If you have a few minutes, listen to the CBC Radio interview here:

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/02/23/sext-up-kids—how-children-are-becoming-hyper-sexualized/index.html

And as always, I’d love to hear what you think.

(and just as an aside: I was just going to search for an image I could use with this post, but I’m writing from a local cafe and I realized that any search for “sexy little girls” would not leave me looking very good. I’ll leave it for now…)

 

 

Hi all-

Firstly, let me apologize for disappearing on you for months like that. As I may have explained back in November, my life recently got a major overhaul. I moved to a new city, started a new job (which wasn’t going to be full-time, but now is), and have been busily working at building myself a community and a life in this new place.

I haven’t forgotten about you, though. It’s just that the days keep blurring together…and while I’ve been whole-heartedly intending to post new stuff to this blog, somehow the months have slipped by.

I’m grateful, too, to the friends and regular readers who have been continuing to send me links and letters (yes! I got a fabulous letter IN THE MAIL from a reader!) full of ideas they think I’d be interested in sharing. When a friend wrote recently to say “I miss your blog”, I knew it was time to take action: I either had to give up on the site altogether, or I had to kick it up a notch and start posting again. This is me opting for the latter.

So – here goes. Consider me back. I won’t be posting every day, but I’ll do my best to post whenever I come upon something relevant and/or interesting.

Today, I’m going to start here:

This is a pair of women’s underwear by a company called ‘House of Holland’ — these are the “Full Bush Cheeky Short”. A quick glance through their lingerie collection reveals that the company’s tastes tend towards the slinky and sexy…so my guess is that this suggestion of full bush is meant to be a cute joke… an homage, perhaps, to the hair that is likely never allowed to rear its pesky little (curly) head(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, for those women who just want to state it like it is, there’s always this option:

These are the “Bald Cheeky Shorts”. I’m inclined to think that the designer probably imagined these as being an updated version of the famous “days of the week” underwear — only perhaps in 2012, ┬áthe idea is that you can use your briefs to declare the state of your nether regions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun? Offensive? As always, I’d love to know what you think.

And if you’ve got any ideas about stuff you want to see posted here, feel free to send ’em my way. I’m looking forward to being back in touch…

 

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