Late last year I wrote a column about women shaving their pubic hair. There was some interesting response to it. Some said women shave for sport reasons- it’s healthier and more hygienic to be shaved. I am not sure if it’s necessary. My hair has never got in the way of a run or a swim. But then I’m not an Olympic gold medal winner. There might be something to this.
But most importantly I was horrified – my sensitive liberal PC conscience went into guilty overdrive – to find out that shaving pubic hair is a Muslim tradition. Had I been religiously insensitive by suggesting that this fashion is driven by a male paedophilia fantasy? No says my Muslim friend. She believes her religion’s tradition possibly comes from the same place. I felt better after that conversation.
But I was further comforted about my rant when I read Caitlin Moran on the issue in her hilarious feminist book, “How to be a woman”. She writes:
“I can’t believe we’ve got to a point where it’s basically costing us money to have a fanny. They’re making us pay for maintenance and upkeep of our lulus, like they’re a communal garden. It’s a stealth tax. Fanny VAT. This is money we should be spending on the electricity bill and cheese and berets. Instead we’re wasting it on making our Chihuahuas look like a skanky Lidl chicken breast. God DAMN you, mores-of-pornography-that-have-made-it-into-my-pants. GOD DAMN YOU.”