|Hairless the new rave or not?|
Vaginageddon! Hilarious word! (lol, so I thought ) When i read this article on Fashionista.com, I laughed so hard my sides ached, and then shrugged it off as an ‘oyibo’ craze; but then ,it got me interested enough, to research and find out if this ‘vaginageddon’ as Cheryl Wischhover the writer of the article, aptly terms it, has reached our corner of the world or is just a white woman’s craze/love affair with vanity.
Little wonder, I was shocked to discover , that our part of the world is definitely not exempt, if not more riddled with this new social and vanity menace. I mean, the proliferation of vaginal plastic surgery options ,‘Cosmetic Clinics’ springing up all over the major cities, waxing religiously, rebuilding the vagina box, and going through various painful surgeries and procedures just for what? To keep your man (he will definitely leave, if he is NOT for you no matter what you do) or to defy fate and time(I’ve got news for you lady...YOU CAN’T) , or just plain vanity(which I think it is)?
Am all for keeping healthy, looking, feeling and staying good but never to the extent it determines your self-worth, self-identity or self-confidence, nor to the extent it affects your sex-confidence, desirability or drive. Talk about the ridiculous! The wise saying that too much of everything is bad is considered a 'wise saying' because it so aptly tell the truth simply without varnish or flourish, so a little healthy hair removal is good, a little surgery can be understood (though i don't believe in cosmetic surgeries and consider it the height of vanity....personal opinion.. lol) but making it the essence of your well-being, beauty, or desirability is taking it too far and considered unhealthy!
Read, enjoy and pass on to start our own little Muff match in this tiny corner of the world.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about bikini waxing, from the reasons it’s so popular, to the surprisingly young ages that girls start doing it ,But the conversation just got a little louder–and more high brow.
The Atlantic just published an extensive article about Brazilian bikini waxes and the story’s racked up about 300 comments and counting. And London hosted the Muff March this past weekend, to protest the proliferation of vaginal plastic surgery options. We’re obviously in the midst of Vaginageddon here.
There seem to be a few obvious historical points in pop culture that point to who’s to “blame” for the reason female pubic hair is going extinct. The Atlantic traces the timeline nicely: The J. Sisters introduced the US to the Brazilian in the late 80s; Carrie Bradshaw got it all waxed off in an episode ofSATC in 2000; Victoria Beckham declared in 2003 that all girls should take it all off starting at the age of 15; and of course, the porn industry probably started it all in the first place. Playboy started showing less and less bush, and porn movies followed suit. Teeny bikinis and super low-slung jeans were the final nails in the pubic coffin. Which brings us to our current state of hairlessness.
No matter the reason women wax it all off–some believe it’s hygienic or makes sex better–the bottom line is that it’s yet another thing for us to be insecure about. And it’s increasingly younger women who are falling prey to the pressure to have a porn star pudenda. The most disturbing part of the Atlantic article involves college students. The under-30 set gets the most Brazilians–they’ve grown up with the notion that being hairless is the norm, and so have their male peers. And this is where it gets gross.
The Atlantic recounted a story wherein a college boy said “he had never hooked up with a girl who had pubic hair, and would frankly be disgusted to undress a woman and discover a veil of genital fur.” This apparently led a bunch of girls to freak out and wax immediately. And there’s tons of anecdotes about women refusing to go into social situations which might lead to sex when they’re due for a wax. And they have good reason to be worried, because guys are talking about your fuzzy cooch in a not-so-nice way. Per the Atlantic: “It’s not uncommon for a college-aged man to ‘go out of his way’ to make fun of a girl’s pubic grooming habits with his buddies after he’s hooked up with her.” Young guys are watching porn and assuming it’s reality. (Um, they should be fricking happy to get any pussy at all, be it fuzzy or not.)
Women are starting to buck against the notion that they need a so-called “designer vagina” to be considered attractive. Even strippers have started questioning the practice–remember the vagina beauty pageant? The Muff March ladies started protesting the trend of hairless ladyparts (with amazing slogans like “Get Your Mitts Off My Muff”), but expanded their march this year to include the quickly proliferating plastic surgery options. “Lady gardens are not just undergoing topiary, they’re having invasive re-landscaping,” as a flowery editorial in the Guardian puts it. The labia-prettifying plastic surgery industry is booming to the tune of $6.8 million in the US, according to theGuardian. Procedures range from labiaplasty to vaginal tightening and beyond. So not only are younger women feeling insecure, but now older women (who have had babies, etc.) can feel bad about their vag sag.
It’s enough to make you want to put on your granny panties and call it a day.