Pubes on (web) TV

Hello, fair readers!

I know I haven’t exactly been keeping on top of the blog, but thoughts of body hair are never too far from my mind. I hope you’re all thinking critically about the stuff you see depicted out there in the world, and the ways in which you regard your own body and the bodies of others. There’s always lots of good material for discussion flying on ye ol’ internet. When it comes to this blog, however, I sometimes feel like I run out of stuff to say. I don’t really want to get to the point where I’m just posting stuff and going “SEE!?” and then repeating the same rants over and over again. I hope that explains something of my recent online silences. I’m also finding myself busy with work, new extracurricular activites (I’m learning spanish!) and with a recent move to a different city.

BUT: I did want to let you know that I’m taking the pubic hair discussion back into the world later today. I’m going to be making an appearance later this afternoon on HuffPost Live — the live streaming network on The Huffington Post.  I’ll be part of a panel of guests (so far I’ve been told the others will be an esthetician and someone who has had a “bad experience” with waxing) who will be chatting with host Caitlyn Becker via webcam.

Our discussion will be based on a recent Huffington Post article that garnered a whole lot of feedback and discussion called “Waxing on your period & more ‘down there’ grooming questions you were too afraid to ask“.

Apparently our segment starts just after 5:30pm EST. I hope you’ll be able to tune in and maybe throw a question my way!

(oh- and have you heard the good news? Pubic hair is back! An article in the Telegraph told me so!)

 

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  • Haggy

    The Huff piece left out a lot. Shaving didn’t start with porn. Pubic hair was considered erotic when I was younger. Exposure was taboo. A “bikini line” prevented indecent exposure. That seems to be true worldwide.

    There are plenty of laws on the books against exposure of genitalia and pubic hair. Indeed in my city, the laws against it contain the line “Employs any device or covering which is intended to simulate the genitals or pubic hair” among the prohibitions. You can’t even pretend to show off pubic hair without being subject to arrest. Whether it would hold up in court is another issue, but the notion that hair hides something erotic rather than being erotic is a recent one.

    And it’s not true worldwide. Porn from Asia features pubic hair. But the sides will be trimmed and “bikini appropriate.” That leads younger men to believe that Asian women are inherently hairier. Indeed the opposite is true, based on my experience with unshaven women who are Asian and western, but there are plenty of men whose only experience is with porn or with women who imitate it.

    Polls showing that the majority of men favor pubic hair in women and that some even find the thought of a woman who looks like a 12 year old girl a major turn off show that it’s not an inherent turn off, and odds are that a man would like a woman better or not care at all if she shaved minimally at most. And as more women realize that the past 150,000 years were not a mistake, things will change. Pheromones don’t come into the picture in porn movies. I have no idea where they do in real life but I do know that the billions of people on this planet came from somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    So that you know where I’m coming from, I’m a 61 year old American male mathematician. They pretty much covers (sic) it…

    Suppose we take a more generalized view of pubic hair, as part of natural adult hair growth. And suppose we look at it from a species standpoint, rather than a gender biased standpoint, just for giggles.

    It is natural for people to develop puberty (if we are uncomfortable calling it “pubic”, which, technically, it is) hair – under ones arms, on ones legs, in the genital area, extending onto the thighs. So why should anyone shave?

    Going further, males of the species develop facial hair. Why should they shave?

    I know few women who perceive men who do not trim or otherwise cut or shave their beards as attractive. They consider them unkempt and dirty. Slovenly, even.

    So we should be careful about decrying men’s – or even women’s – reactions to natural pubic hair growth. Going natural is a choice, as any man would tell you. The reactions of the opposite – or same – gender to unshaved or “groomed” hair growth can be repulsion, as any man would tell you.

    But there are many people – male and female alike – who are “put off” by a natural growth of hair – for reasons of (let’s call it what it is) sexual attraction, yet admire, yes, even love, such Mr/Ms Naturals for their minds. I know of men with full beards (hair down the neck even, a continuous flow even unto their backs and chests) and women with unshaven legs who are married and beloved. Imagine…

    The opposite is true as well – there are people who are stunningly (literally) attractive sexually, but whose minds and personalities are repulsive, impeding love. [Add you list here…]

    See (sic) (!?), we are talking about two different things, aren’t we? Too often they get mixed up as if they are one and the same. They are not one and the same.

    PS – When one considers self-body-image, isn’t that really a reflection of this unfortunate mix up?

    • Anonymous

      (“THAT pretty much covers it” Can’t write, sorry, zheesh…)

  • doc

    I just watched the Huffpost interview discussing pubic waxing and was surprised that no one mentioned the fact that some women aren’t comfortable going into a salon and baring their vaginas to total strangers. I just thought that it is probably prevalent enough to warrant discussion.
    Thank You

  • R Todd

    Did you really just say the act of removing pubic hair was a result of
    the porn movement? The removal of pubic hair has been traced all the way
    back to 4000 BC in ancient India. I guess a woman shaving her pubic hair is akin to her shaving her armpits and legs. This “pro- pubic hair” movement is absurd.

  • n2mec

    Ask the question, if you had the choice to remove hairs from anywhere, permanently , painlessly, inexpensively and without stigma would you do it?
    There maybe more takers on the subject.