My name is Nicola, and I am a post-graduate student within the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. A substantial part of my degree and final grade will be based on my dissertation project. I’ve decided to go down a ‘not so conventional route’ that is gaining a lot of attention at the moment. What’s going on with women (and some men) and their pubes ? My research is concerned with the ever changing facade, well you know what I mean, of pubic hair in contemporary Western society. You see, in recent years there has been a distinct shift from ‘the full bush’ of the late 1970s and 1980s to what I like to call ‘the total eclipse’ (none or very little pubic hair). I’d like to know why. It may seem to some of you that this is a topic unworthy of academic study, however I believe it is a topic that deserves an honest and thorough interrogation. I have my suspicions that pubic hair practices today, and the reasons behind why we are increasingly choosing to do so are complicated, is it really just simply because it makes us feel good / sexy / attractive or is there a deeper entanglement with culture, consumption, pornography and the media ?
For the remainder of my studies at Kings I will be maintaining this blog. Its contents, including the feedback and comments I hope to receive will be included as part of my academic research and dissertation. I really hope that this blog becomes a forum for a very real dialogue on the topic of body hair, and more precisely pubic hair. I will discuss academic theory as well as popular & celebrity culture, advertising, pornography and whatever else I find that I think is relevant and interesting. Hopefully along the way we will learn something new and insightful !
I’d be grateful if you’d check in from time to time and lend your voice to the conversation.