Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bush is back? The discourse continues...

The various debates over women, pubic hair, and shaving are of great interest to me. On the one hand, there are those who think to shave your pubes is to fulfill masculine desires for a childlike female body (see Andrea Dworkin), and then there are those who think there is a possibility of subversion to shaving pubes because it fully exposes the oft-mystified and misunderstood female genitalia (see Germaine Greer). Then there are the more recent "porn is making women shave their pubes" argument, which can safely go into the "porn is making women (insert bodily/behavioural alteration here)" category.

I came across a couple of interesting articles today. One is from The Guardian, which is a newspaper I used to read, but has apparently had a strong of anti-porn articles as part of its "women" section, which I find a little disconcerting. The other is a critique of this article by Petra Joy, who first alerted me to the Guardian article, and makes some very important points.

All of this reminds me of something that happened a little while back: Sasha Grey appeared on Entourage, and at some point (I don't watch it) she was naked, and of course her famous bush was visible. Sasha Grey is a very successful porn star, for those of you who do not know, and the reaction from Entourage viewers (or, a vocal portion of them at least) was disgust, horror, and general shock at seeing bush. I even heard someone refer to it as "Bushgate" or something to that effect. The whole situation was so incredibly ironic -- porn stars are supposedly shaved bare, and porn supposedly normalizes a very specific body type that women feel pressured to model themselves on. And yet, porn fans have been idolizing Sasha Grey and many other be-bushed starlets for quite some time now, while in the case of the Entourage outrage, the mainstream viewers were the ones who recoiled in disgust. Meanwhile, many porn fans are merrily watching (and asking producers for) unshaved performers (and, I might add, defending Grey's bush). I found this all rather amusing, but also pretty frustrating, and this frustration came back to me while reading the article from The Guardian. What a funny world we live in.

Enjoy.

7 comments:

christine said...

Fascinating stuff...

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Thanks -- I find it fascinating too. Lotsa gender/sexual politics tied up in pubes.

Roger Feelbert said...

I recently read a theory that the impetus for the disappearance of pubic hair and trend toward cartoonishly augmented breasts was a formal reaction to the move from film to video.

What was once twenty feet across on screen was suddenly just twenty inches across on television. Pubic hair "needed" to be done away with and breasts made larger and larger, so the viewer could...view.

Whether there's any stock to the claim is debatable, but it's an interesting talking point, anyway.

BlackSix said...

One thing I noticed in the Guardian article is the claim that men aren't shaving, and that isn't true, among men younger than myself shaving has become as much the norm as among women.

I will be interesting to see what happens now that porn is re-introducing the bush. I find it interesting that it's the 'top-tier' gonzo women who are most often sporting bush. Mason is even working on a release for EA called Bush.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Mr. Feelbert -- that sure is an intriguing theory! I will have to do some research...

Blacksix -- I do find it interesting that "manscaping" (ugh) is not really treated as being a common reality. I think perhaps saying everything's the same for men isn't true -- if a guy is hairy, he's not going to be publicly mocked and harassed. Still, that article is ridiculously single-minded and ill informed. Oh! and I'm intrigued to see the new Bush line too! If it's by Mason, I'm watching it no matter what. ;)

DAPQUEEN said...

I've always thought hirsute honeys were hot, and I know plenty of men who feel the same way. Women, however, are usually the ones appalled by the freakish notion of hair on genitals. Whatever floats your boat. I personally find both looks appealing. Very interesting though, makes me wanna take a deeper look. Sweet website, by the way!

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Thanks DAPQueen (that's quite the claim! :) It's sad, a lot of pressures and demands put on women are reinforced by other women. Women are also raised to resent each other regarding looks, so I think the everyday reinforcement is part of that. (This policing of each other also makes it seem like men's hands are clean as a whistle!).

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