Mannequin Muffs @ American Apparel

Hi everyone!  I’m back in LA after a family trip to Costa Rica, which was absolutely amazing!  There are a few pictures on my facebook - check them out there!  As fun as it was, I’m so glad to be back home in Cali and blogging.  I didn't get a chance to post anything while I was away (I was trying to do the whole “don’t do anything” thing – AKA read, lay on the beach, drink, and eat the most amazing fresh fruit).  But I did come up with a bunch of topics I want to blog about, so stay posted for some exciting entries!

But I actually want to blog about something I’ve seen online since I got back in town.  For those of you who haven’t heard/seen about it, American Apparel’s newest window display on NYC’s East Houston Street has society all atwitter.

This post does contain nudity (if half dressed mannequins count) and discussion of some semi-intimate topics.  SO READ IT! ;)

The nipples aren’t what are eliciting a response.  No, it’s the visible va-jay-jay hair that’s got peoples’ panties in a bunch.

Photos by Jen Chung with Gothamist

Photos by Jen Chung with Gothamist

When I first saw the display online, my immediate response was one of glee.  As someone who spent several years buying into the bikini/Brazilian trend, I used to view pubic hair as the antithesis of sexiness.  But I’ve realized that my idea of sexiness was, in this regard (and in many), decided by society and not by me.  Pubic hair became taboo in lieu of the pornography industry showing completely shorn women, and suddenly society demanded that all ladies be hair free.  And why??  Body hair is totally sexy – it’s womanly, wild, and natural.  Don’t get me wrong – if you wanna shave your hoohaa, go for it!  Just do it because it’s what you want, not because your man/lady or the porn world demands it of you.

What really inspired me to write about this though, were the responses I read on social media.

I saw all sorts of comments, most of them along these lines:

“Ewwww gross! LMAO.”

“This is so disgusting.  This is why waxing was invented.”

And almost all the comments I read were from ladies.

Seriously gals?  I don’t know what you do with your lady bits, but please don’t shame another woman’s decision to rock a muff.  If you find it gross, fine, but keep the negativity to yourself.  And maybe ask yourself why you find it so disgusting.  You might find that your judgments are founded in misogyny, misinformation, or sheer meanness.  A year ago I might have had a similar response, but when I realized why I felt that way, I had a complete change of heart (or bush haha).

Now – back to the mannequins.  Like I said, I think it’s rad.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic.  The muff thing is awesome.  Not so awesome?  The totally typical mannequins.  AKA size zero, perky boobs, thigh gap, all of them with white skin…yeah, you see the problem.  So, next time AA, give us a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.  And hell, give some of em hair and make some of em clean-shaven.  Give a shout out to ALL the women out there, and your controversial display will be powerful and impactful as opposed to a bunch of generic, sex-doll-esque mannequins with peek-a-boo pubic hair.  (And don’t even get me started on Dov Charney – the CEO of American Apparel who has all sorts of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him – PROBLEMATIC).

Wax, don’t wax – it’s up to you.  But no matter your choice, be respectful of other ladies’ (and men – this goes for you too!) decisions.  And advertisers– keep showing us different ideas of femininity and sexiness, just make sure that you embrace different kinds of women.