February 2014

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I started this blog a few years back as part of my graduate school thesis project. If you had told me then that in 2014 pubic hair would be turning up regularly in the headlines, I would have laughed.

But it’s doing just that. Bush, it would seem, is back.

Or at least that’s what I keep hearing.

Evidently, The Guardian has declared 2014 to be the Year of the Bush.

On December 31st, actress Cameron Diaz published a ‘health guide’ called The Body Book in which she sings the praises of cultivating our mighty pubes (though not in those exact words).

UnknownAnd of course, clothing chain American Apparel, famous for their eyebrow-raising marketing schemes, recently dressed their front window mannequins in pubic hair on a New York City street.

I don’t feel particularly surprised about any of this, of course. There’s nothing the media loves more than finding some aspect of the female anatomy to make a fuss over, especially if it’s a topic that has been traditionally been a little taboo.

But hearing that 2014 will be pubic hair friendly makes me laugh. Oh, thanks great fashion and body care advisors – you mean it’s OK for me to wear my body hair au naturel this year and not face scorn or shame from or anyone else? We shall see.

Since there is so much going on the pubic-realm these days, I will do my best to keep my commentary fresh on ye ol’ blog. The fact is, however, that I worry about getting repetitive. Once you’ve spent a lot of time writing about a particular issue, it can get challenging to find fresh avenues to travel down.

There are a lot of smart women letting their voices be heard in the media these days. I’m certainly glad we’re having these conversations in public. But I’m taking it all with a grain of salt.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.