Friday, June 27, 2008

Policing The Muff

Is anyone else as irritated as me?  We are entering the summer season and everywhere you turn there is an advertisement about waxing bikini lines, trimming the nether regions, or just in general making sure your main girl is in the best shape possible.  In pop culture every time we engage with a vagina it is about making sure that it is esthetically pleasing for men. It is very rarely about the vagina, the giver of life, or the center of my sexual pleasure, nope it's this wild out of control animal that needs to be trimmed, and stylized.  I'm surprised there is no speculation on what we feed the wild beast.

Even spaces that you think are safe from the whole trim the beaver brigade have been invaded. I went over to essence.com only to find under the category of relationships (yes you read that right) a survey on how women deal with the "hair down there"....ooooohhh the down there. Can't call it a vagina until it is properly stylized, nope it's the wild mysterious down there.  Just to have a show of some kind of gender neutrality the survey is divided into male and female. My favorite line under men is "Fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. We want to know what you like too when it comes to your partner’s personal maintenance!"  Yeah that is right, personal maintenance cause you know a vagina is work, its so complicated, not easy, and simple like a penis. The fact that we are attaching emotions to our genitals similarly to the way that we attach them to people is not at all problematic now is it? I get it, men are from mars and women are from Venus. One is simple and the other complicated, and in need of discipline.

Where is the advertising dedicated to get men to trim, or wax their pubic hair? Ooops silly me, conforming the body is a woman's realm.  How could I have missed the near perfection of the penis?  Ingrained in these messages is the idea that 'woman' as she is naturally created is always imperfect and in need of change.  We are to ignore that fact that corporations create these images, and spend millions of dollars encouraging, and maintaining insecurity in women. Presenting women as beautiful in their natural form, is counter to capitalism as no profit could be generated.  It is far better to push the idea that women are in need of enhancement or alteration, as that will ultimately lead  us to spend our few disposable dollars trying to rectify some perceived fault that mother nature created in us.  So we get, too much hair is unhygienic, or it is visually unappealing to have pubic hair, or what is that smell emanating from you. If somehow on your pursuit to perfection you end up with those unappealing little bumps, no need to worry they have a cream for that too. Everything involving the vagina is foul and need of change. If you don't keep your temple of love in tip top shape, no one will want to visit.  So remember ladies it is your responsibility to make sure that your vagina is the same as some prepubescent girl because anything else is an affront. You are a dirty, dirty girl, look around you, there are many ads dedicated to telling you so.

11 comments:

Becky said...

Yes yes yes! Words cannot express how offended and outraged I am by the idea that my vagina in its natural state is something gross that needs to be waxed into submission. If any man has a problem with my vagina the way it is, he is free not to touch it or put his penis in it. (And honestly, I've had no trouble finding men who didn't have a problem with it, including my current).

Fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. We want to know what you like too when it comes to your partner’s personal maintenance!

Oh GROSS. That is so fucking telling. Not: "We haven't forgotten about you, what do you do to maintain your pubic hair?" but "What do you expect your partner to do?" Bleh.

professor what if said...

Love the title (and content) of this post!

Reminded me of the muff policing scene in the Sex and the City Movie. Ugh.

Daomadan said...

Yes! I am so tired of the obsession with hair and the need to get rid of it. I've been involved in some interesting discussions about when shaving/waxing became something that the patriarchy and beauty establishment sought to lord over our heads.

I still hear jokes about "hairy French women" and I think...I would much rather be in a culture where men (and women) appreciate women's natural beauty, i.e. hair, without having to resort to telling us we're dirty or not pleasing enough to our partners because we don't shave or wax.

Amongst the things I loved about living in Japan, was that most women keep their vagina's, how should I say it...natural?, and don't shave and men and women both were pleased. It was liberating to know that if I engaged in sex with a man that he most likely wouldn't have an issue with the hair on my vagina, because hair is considered erotic (and one reason it isn't drawn in pornographic comics...it's too erotic.) Different culture's attitudes towards body hair is a fascinating topic once you learn more.

Ebony Intuition said...

So true...its a waste of money for all these things to that women are forced to purchase to keep a man so called pleased...

DiosaNegra1967 said...

nice to see what essence magazine has morphed into....sheesh....

Ebony Intuition said...

I stopped buying essence magazine too i'm done with all magazines I through out all my fashion magazines 3 years ago and now essence is getting the boot too

divacosmos said...

Oh yeah! I strongly agree with you. What will they find to "improve" about us next? I was shocked all to heck to recently read about vagina COSMETIC surgery. What? Apparently there is a standard that many women want to conform to. It rung my bell so hard that I posted about it on my humor blog. Geez, bird poop facials and vajayjay lifts. Yeah, we're heading in the right direction, eh?

Drowsey Monkey said...

lol ... I read your post at BC, and i have to say I've never seen commercials or ads for this! Too funny. I don't get it either, I guess I'm a low maintenance kind of gal.

zyzz said...

Even as someone who shaves her vajayjay bald, the idea that there's anything wrong with a hairy coochie makes me very uncomfortable. If a dude would get upset that I'm hairy or bald or have my pubes dyed rainbow and waxed in the shape of a clover, he isn't the type of guy that gets to see it anyway. And getting your kids waxed? EW. That's a very personal choice there. If that caught on, I think all it would do is create a market for vagina toupees fifteen years down the road.

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