Between homework assignments, I was clicking around the internet (i.e. procrastinating) and I came across some interesting ‘news’ on Jezebel. I’m not one of those people who care about which celebrity is in rehab or just had a baby (and named it something ridiculous), but every so often a little piece of star gossip captures my attention. This time it was about Daniel Radcliffe. I like to think of this one as Harry Potter and the Chamber under the Pubes.
Yes, Harry Radcliffe likes it a little bit wild down there. He is quoted saying that he enjoys women to have a bit of pubic hair and also has some himself. His explanation? “It freaks me out. You have to have something, otherwise it’s fucking creepy.” Clearly Daniel Potter is on the ‘no pubes looks prepubescent’ side of the ongoing pubic hair debate.
I don’t know about you, but my friends and I (female and male alike) have had this debate countless times. Is pubic hair the defining quality to show you’re an adult below the belt? Or is it just an inconvenient nuisance? Is it gross? Or is it sexy? Opinions seem pretty divided, the reasoning behind them varied. But do any of us really understand why this debate is even happening?
Back in the day when I used to suffer chronic insomnia I would watch obscure films and documentaries to pass the time. Mostly on Showcase, because that’s where the really ‘interesting’ late night television is. Of all the strange things I watched, one particular documentary sticks out in my mind: It was about the porn industry and pubic hair. The documentary stated (with clips from some very dated porn to demonstrate) that the North American mainstream trend to remove pubic hair began in pornos. It wasn’t because the directors found it unseemly; rather it allowed the viewer a much more vivid look at copulation. I repeat, the pubic hair was removed for viewing pleasure and not because they thought it was unattractive.
The most fascinating part about all this is that it shows how prevalent the influence of porn is in our culture, and most of us don’t even realize it. While this porn is not the origin of pubic hair styling, it set the modern standard. Considering the unfortunate reality that a lot of people learn about sex or make assumptions about sexual norms based on porn, it is no wonder that there is a cultural absence of pubic hair. Therefore I think it’s great to hear that there are men and women alike who go against the Brazilian trend and promote pubic hair. Body hair is just one of the many side effects (or perks, depending on your preference) of being a human being. It shouldn’t be stigmatized as dirty or unattractive simply because it exists. Personal preference is one thing, but this trend clearly goes past that. I know girls who have felt or do feel pressured (myself included) to shave or wax it all off because that is what seems to be most accepted by society. It irks me to think that porn, a predominantly male driven industry for a mostly male audience, is determining what women do with their pubic hair. Having this in mind, pubic hair can be a form of empowerment. I’m not saying that a full bush should be the bra-burning of the 2010s, but having some pubic hair can be a way of embracing your natural beauty. It can be a great confidence boost to know you’re going against the mainstream grain and still find yourself sexy. Also, less time on upkeep is always a bonus.
To each their own, I suppose. Take a moment to consider why you do what you do with your pubes, and whether or not it’s for yourself or for society. Ladies, if someone really wants you, they’ll take you pubic hair and all. That being said, just because pubic hair is naturally occurring doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. Just remember that what goes on in your pants is your business, and doesn’t need to be decided by anyone else’s expectations.