A few weeks ago, I was at a party at another women’s college. I ended up meeting an art major named Mac, who brought up the topic of pubic hair in conversation (and as I’m sure you can imagine, it’s not the first time this has been discussed at a queer gathering). She told me about a recent piece she had been working on (which can be found below) of a woman with her organs exposed. Though not the main point of her piece, all anyone could focus on was the fact that the woman in the painting had a fairly visible mound of pubic hair.
Mac was complaining to me about the amount of negative feedback she received based on the bush. Had these people never been to an art museum before? Were all the other students pre-pubescent? Why did it make everyone in the class so uncomfortable to see pubic hair?
Personally, I’m all about bush. I totally respect that some people prefer to go bare down there, but I find that a full mound of pubic hair is beautiful and natural and organic. To me, shaving it all off it not only uncomfortable (as it makes me feel like a child), but is playing into the heteronormative patriarchy (what? I’m majoring in gender and sexuality, cut me some slack) in which men want their female partners to modify their bodies for beauty. However, here I am saying this with pierced ears and make up on. So who am I to talk? I’d love to get your opinions.
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