And no... not the George W. kind...
The once taboo subject of the female pubic hair has grown (pun intended) to be public sensation. A grooming industry that was once only utilised by porn stars and underwear/swimsuit models has now become a full-on successful industry. The way women groom their bush now a days has taken the world by storm. The trends and the amount time that we put into this is absolutely ridiculous, but it has become a part of who we are, and what we choose to do is somewhat dictated by society - unless you are a full fledged feminist and decide to let everything grow... hmm...
The obsession with having the perfect look for your taco has become as important as getting the monthly mani-pedi, eyebrow tweezing, upper lip, leg, and underarm waxing, as well as eyebrow and eyelash tinting or extensions. I mean we are just adding more and more things to the list that we need to have done to see and accept ourselves to be closer to the ideal that society has set out for us. I mean we live in an era where there is such a thing as vajazzle... normal?
In the hit chickflick comedy that came out last year How to Be Single, Rebel Wilson stumbles upon her co-stars, Dakota Johnson, taco in the sauna and accuses her of having "LTRP" or "long-term-relationship-pubes", which suggests that only women in committed relationships allow their pubic hair to be less groomed than those of single girls... is there any truth in this?? Wilson further continues to tell Johnson to "get that taken care of" and with a little bit of humour "It's like Gandalf is starting right at me. No penis shall pass!".
I mean everything from the 90's has come back into fashion; the chocker necklaces, the jeans skirts (were they ever out of fashion?), and John Stamos (and if you don't know who that is, you might just be too young or you've lived under a rock). So is the bush coming back into style...?
In the 70's and 80's it was all about the apple bottom jeans and cooch with the fur. And when the 90's came falling in with Biggie and Tupac, women liked a trim and clip. When the 2000's flew in they brought with them the landing strip (which made it even clearer of where you needed to go, because apparently it was needed). The dot com era brought in all the trouble... that whole industry that was saved and was so rare before - opened up. Since Playboy magazines were not only to be found under your pillow or in a stash hidden away under your bed, now it was a simple click away on the computer. I think this is the first problem/complex that the internet gave us (because lets be honest, it is the cause to a lot of those unwanted tagged photos on myspace [seems like 100 years ago] and facebook). These millennial men grew up with the internet broadband connection that made that horrible noise and NO HD videos... obviously with the blotchy photos and videos, shaving the bush must have seemed to be a revolutionary idea! So eventually they 'grew' from Boyz 2 Men, and expected their partners to copy their dark-web fantasies and for some odd reason girls/women went a long with it, not questioning why or what we were getting ourselves into. We did not question it, just like we haven't questioned Snoop Dog and Martha Stewart's friendship.
I mean, I still do not understand what it is that men or boys (given that they are more immature) want... but to be quite frank, I do not really care... it is my body and my choice, the most important thing is that it is clean, healthy and neat. I ask my waxing lady pretty much every time I go do the deed about what her clients want and if she knows the reasons why they do it, like a landing strip, baby smooth or just the bikini line, and of course she does not know the reason but surprisingly, or maybe not, most of her clients go all the way. I guess I see the point, if you are going there to endure pain, might as well go all the way (?). I mean it is a personal choice (I hope) of what you choose to do with the bush, but going baby smooth does not seem hygienic (and nor is it), it is more clean and the visual aesthetics are better - of course - but is it really necessary?
Petra Collins, a photographer whose work has been a pedestal in the millennial culture, spoke out after an image that she, herself, had posted of her own body, of hair that was visibly poking out of her bikini briefs, got her Instagram account to be deleted and answered back that this incident felt "like the public was coming at me with a razor... forcing me to succumb to [society's] image of beauty."
Society is of course not the only source to blame for this misunderstanding of what is acceptable or not. There are an enormous amount of movies that are super pro the natural look. According to Paz Stark, the owner of Stark Waxing studio in Los Angeles and New York states that the pop-culture movements has had a tremendous impact on women's preferences, while many women prefer to remove some hair, a triangular shape, rather than the skinny landing strip, is currently in favour. She continues to say that more and more women want a clean up and want a natural "feeling" to what their bush is suppose to be. The Brazilian is here to stay and the only difference is that people are adjusting it to themselves, but the Brazilian that we have all seen in Sex and the City of a baby smooth/take-it-all-off days are more or less done (Vogue, 2018).
In the end it truly comes down to what you like and what makes you feel good about yourself. I highly doubt a guy/boy/man would dare say anything about your grooming preference down there. Be yourself and standup for what it is you want your body to look and feel like.