Women Growing Beards - When did that become a thing?

Thorin never knew just how wrong he could be!
WARNING: This article is not about what you're thinking. For only the second time since I started writing this blog you're about to read about 'Lady Parts'. If you're interested, read my other article, The Female Orgasm Explained. You have been warned!

I'm subscribed to the Australian site MamaMia, which is basically the online version of a Women's Opinion Magazine but with a more diverse range of topics. I'm one of the 'occasional blokes' who reads the odd article that catches my attention. So when I see a headline like Why all women should grow a beard at least once, how can I not read it?

Now, if the article had been about women actually growing beards, that may have been interesting for the social/cultural implications but it was actually about all women growing out their pubic hair at least once in their life instead of going bald down there. When did growing pubes become a thing instead of just something that happens to you?

The article's author, twenty-something, Laura Cordero, apparently has been removing her pubic hair since the first once dared to appear and, until now, had never let her, 'beard' (her term) grow out. OMG!

OMG because she described it as a beard and now I'm imagining vaginas with little eyes and a nose above their cute bushy beards... and... when did 'bald' become the norm, and why, in this day and age, are men (in her article) getting blamed for the bald vagina?

Just as a footnote - yes I said 'vagina' and not 'vulva' (for anyone that just happened to read the numerous corrections in the original article's comments by anatomy nerds). Get over yourselves. The mainstream uses vagina as a generic term for that entire region. You know it, I know it. Vulva is obsolete to all but doctors, anatomists and other people that like to scoff at mainstream ignorance.

First, feminism happened long before bald vaginas became a thing. If there's one thing that women have full control over it's to go bald or not. Sure there are guys (or girls depending on your preference in partners) that prefer bald but really, there are people who prefer blondes, Asians, big eyes, long legs etc. etc. you are not a menu made up of what other people prefer. Do what you prefer for yourself.

Maybe porn popularized the bald look but I have a sneaking suspicion the beauty industry perpetuated it as another service they could charge people for - more than it being a male preference. Most men, I imagine, couldn't care less and those who do, probably use a lot of 'product' and may even be bald down there themselves.

That said, in a week where Australian Journalist, Tracey Spicer gives a TED talk bitching about how long women spend on their daily beauty routine, growing your public hair is surely a no brainer for saving just a little bit of time? Who's going to know at the office or any other place of business where keeping your clothes on is a requirement?

Until I read Laura's article it never occurred to me that a shaved or unshaved vag was a criteria that some people have for what they like in a partner? I've personally never met any woman and wondered if she was bald down there. (Too busy reminding myself that those aren't her eyes and I should probably look a bit higher - I don't get out much!)

But what's even more surprising to me is that 'hairy' is now a thing and 'bald' seems to be the norm? Surely that's a product of Generation Y on-wards, who've been told they can be or do anything they want by Gen X'ers? Apparently they've embraced bald.

I once heard a Big Brother contestant complain about how a hairy vagina was gross and thought she was the vain exception not the rule. I'd like to say 'who would have thought?' but honestly how a women's magazine can write a whole article on whether or not to grow out your pubic hair is beyond me?

I'm also wondering if Laura, who professed that beards weren't for her, would grow hers back if some guy said beards were sexy? Maybe she should discuss it with Cameron Diaz, who's all in favour of pubes - apparently.

Such a dilemma!

Justice League Movie Delayed to 2016 - We're All Getting Older!

(Or... Batman VS Superman Delayed)


Warner Bros. have announced that their Justice League movie's release date has been moved from July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016. I may be wrong but this delay only helps solidify my speculation that Man of Steel 2, A.K.A. Batman Vs Superman will in fact be a Justice League origin story.

My only worry is that it all could be a case of history repeating its self. Some may read this as Warner Bros. being cautious and making sure they get the film right but then there's the ill fated 2007 George Miller Justice League movie for a sense of déjà vu.

That movie had most of the principal characters cast and being fitted for costumes before it was finally shelved. From what I understand of the current film's production schedule, most of the characters have been cast and Batman (possibly even Wonder Woman) already have their costumes ready.

I'm not saying the current production is in trouble but they did get Chris Terrio in to do a re-write of a script by David Goyer (the guy who co-wrote all of Nolan's Batman films and Man of Steel) who knows comic books inside and out.

It's very possible Goyer's tired of how this film went from Man of Steel 2 to World's Finest in such a short space of time and didn't want to do yet another rewrite.

I sure hope all's good but Ben Affleck isn't getting any younger. If he turns out to be a fantastic Batman he's going to be nearly 50 by the time he gets a shot at a solo Batman film. As much as I want to see a Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman (and who the hell else they can cram into this) DC Universe film, I really would like to see a new Batman movie.

One that features an established Batman facing established villains without being hamstrung by flash backs to his parents death. Maybe even a Batman film with Robin at his side, not being a teenage pain in the ass and being part of a 'dynamic duo' - like he was in the 1949 movie series and the 60's TV Series.

The most important thing of all is, I'm not getting any younger either. I'm about the same age as Ben Affleck. I'd like to see more Batman movies coming out sooner. More time doesn't necessarily mean better quality.

Would be great if Warner could set up DC Entertainment with a similar contractual arrangement as Marvel has with Disney, then just let them get on with the business of turning out two DC movies per year. They don't even, all have to be Batman.

Marvel are the company taking all the risks. It's not like Warner doesn't have a proven business model to follow.

Stop dicking about and get it done!

"Ya Mum Reads it..."

You'l find my own Photography
in this blog too.
Quite a while back I did a survey that tells you what kind of audience credibility your blog has. I'm not sure what the score was but I do remember the commentary which boiled down to "Your mother reads your blog regularly but you probably don't have much wider appeal".

Fuck you survey! (Hi Mum, sorry for cursing! I do appreciate you reading, really I do!)

I don't know how many regular readers I have, if any, but I do know, on average this blog receives more than 4000 page hits per month, much of it coming from search engines like Google.

Perhaps of some interest is my new current top search entry point of all time, people looking for Bert and Ernie, who I wrote some commentary about when it was officially announced that the Sesame Street Characters were not gay. Which is quite a departure from Krippin Virus from a few years back when the movie I am Legend came out.

The thing about this blog is that it's not focused on any one specific niche like my Animation and Video Blog - which I started long after this blog but that blog surpassed this in total page views quite some time ago. This blog is for me to write about anything.

However if you're new to this blog, it does have some common themes...

  • Movie Reviews/Commentary.
    If I see a movie I'll usually write a review. If it's a movie that inspires me to think or is a genre I enjoy (particularly Sci-Fi or Superheroes) I'll probably write a more in depth analysis with spoilers that you should read after seeing the film.
     
  • Robot Invasion/Technology.
    It's an established fact, as shown in The Terminator series of documentaries sent from the future, that the machine uprising is going to happen and I'm here to write about every step that brings us closer. Seriously though, I've always had an interest in robots specifically and other technologies in a broader sense. I hope to see true Artificial Intelligence developed in my lifetime before running for cover a few minutes later as our machine overloads take their first steps to world domination.
     
  • Art (of course)
    Art has taken a back seat of late as most of my work has been in animation and, as I've mentioned, I have another blog for that. I don't just write about my own art, when I am tuned in to the Art World I point and laugh at what other people pass for art... or stare in awe at their genius. You may also be interested to read my book on Art Business
     
  • Travel and Places
    Again this has taken something of a back seat but when I do travel I try to blog about the places I've seen (buy my 2007 Travel Diary perhaps?). I'm always hoping to travel more so I can appear more worldly and adventurous but lately I've been more Walter Mitty pre Negative 25.
     
  • News and Events
    Occasionally I'll take an interest in topical news, world issues or people making the news. Particularly if there's an election on. I try not to get too political because I can't stand conservatives once they get on a soap box. They often sound like they're talking sense but I know they're not and, if I really cared (or was better prepared), I'd counter their arguments with something more than 'whatever'. At least I can say I stepped up and was an actual politician for three and a half years. That's more than most people do - even if I wasn't very effective.
     
  • Life Observations and Humor
    This used to be my favorite part of writing this blog, especially on those occasions that, without even trying, I'd overhear the most unusual snippets of conversations and then blog about them. Apparently the best way to write about life is to experience it, so I'll have find some big mystery to solve that involves going to Iceland and down hill skateboarding.
     
  • Everything else not related to Animation and Video.
    As I said, this blog is for me to write about anything. So this is where the rest of it goes.
     
It really doesn't matter to me that I don't have an obvious regular readership (and if I do, comment more you bastards! Oops, sorry Mum... I do appreciate your comments too, even if I don't always reply, like I should).

My stats show that most articles are viewed by more than 20-30 people in the first couple of weeks. That's more than enough to make this worthwhile. Even though I write this more for me I do appreciate anyone that takes the time to read.

Happy New Year and here's to a more well written 2014.


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