Upon the burlesque stage we are both entitled and actively encouraged to express ourselves. We are celebrated for being unique and bringing a little taste of our quirkiness to the audience. Now, bearing this in mind, let me bring to you my thoughts on ‘bush whacking’.
Male performers have the opportunity to use their facial hair to determine their appearance and overall style: moustaches, beards, the whole ‘shebang’. However, the females among us are expected to keep our heads of hair perfectly coiffed and the rest of our hair unseen or hidden away. Why is it that female pubic hair causes so much offence?
Why is it seen as taboo for us to expose even the slightest bit of nicely maintained fluff peeking over the top of our g-strings? When you see pubic hair in burlesque it is either treated as a gross and horrid thing, or as a prop leading into a comedic act.
Well, let me tell you my thoughts on this matter. Personally, I’m a fan of the bush, I love it! I believe that it makes me look more womanly in contrast to the shaved, bare, seemingly child-like pubic mounds you see scattered throughout today’s media.
Now, let’s get really into this bush. I style my own bush in what one might call a reverse mullet, or a ‘tellum’, if you will. This results in me having a party at the top and business at the back, allowing the best of both worlds. The soft hair upon my mound protects and decorates my sensitive skin, while my smooth, shaved undercarriage enhances the pleasurable sensations of particular activities.
That being said, everyone has their own preference, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way, there is only whatever feels good for you.
So ladies, should we so choose, let’s take back the bush! Let’s gain the courage to wear it with pride. No longer should we have to overhear people discussing our choices in personal grooming, when instead they should be discussing the brilliance of our acts. It’s not very often there will be a conversation after a male performer’s act that discusses the offensiveness of their facial hair. If it were me talking, the only thing that I would be asking is: “Can I please touch it?”
So, to close, I’ll leave you with my take on Pierre Thiot’s Will it Beard that spawned a trend around the internet. I call this photo Flowers in My Garden, because, after all, this garden is mine and I can choose to do with it as I please.
– Pastie Politics Issue 1
Willow Noir, your all round good time girl.
She’s a peculiar, but always fabulous, burlesque structured wiggler and a generally odd child.
As a feminist, but not necessarily an activist, she is extremely thankful for the work that our foremothers achieved so she’s able to live the life she enjoys. Willow believes in fair and equal rights for all people and stands for all ‘ists’ and ‘isms’ providing they are not based in hatred, badness or are meanies.
She enjoys crafting, drinking strong black coffee and indulging in gin whilst being surrounded by her lovely friends.