Girl Thing

Girl Thing

eating ice cream

a perfect replica of erotica

her bubblegum hair is puffed and pouffed

her breasts perky and plump with night drowsies

maraschino lips and a soft unfolding

stardust on her eyelashes

glitter in her sheets

a pastel pin-up

primed for cake and candy

sugary sweet tooth

and the mint chocolate chip drips

sticky fingers, melty daydreams

a baby doll anime-eyed darling

with a perfect pussy

sculpted from the glamour mags

porcelain and pretty

a soft and sultry

sexed up Girl Thing

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.

Little Girl Syndrome (photo post)

In lieu of my recent posts, I felt inspired to create a photo series capturing the transition from girl to woman and struggling with typical tropes of femininity.  One of my greatest photographic influences/inspirations is Cindy Sherman - every since I began doing photography I've been a fan of the self-portrait.  I initially started photographing myself because no one else wanted to be the subject of my strange, sometimes uncomfortable ideas (my mum and brother did wear taxidermied animal masks once for a shoot - thanks y'all!).  But there's something about using yourself as the subject that is at once empowering and exposing.  You become something more than yourself, you become a canvas and it's a unique creative process that I've really come to cherish.  I'm a Leo, so I'm probably naturally inclined to the selfie :) More than anything though, self-portraiture is a way to make art that I enjoy and find fascinating.  It allows me to be vulnerable and distant all at once, and I consider it a crazy cool mixture of photography and performance art.

But anyhow - I had a lot of fun gathering all my stuffed animals and girly products to do this shoot (I spent a good ten minutes throwing tampons at my face to try and get a good didn't work...and it hurt).  And yes, everything you see - be it My Little Ponies stuffed animals, galactic stripper heels, or giant mittens shaped like cat paws - I really do own.

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