Showin’ off Her “Map of Tasmania”

by Danielle Lyons

When we hit the age of puberty, it happens: We start growing pubic hair. In that weird puberty video the teacher shows you, they explain that it’s, “natural and a part of life.” But as we age, there is an almost stigma that revolves around a ladies pubic hair. It can be seen as dirty, unnatural or unkempt.

Our labia are such a personal area, obviously. So, why are theyGetAttachmentThumbnail constantly up to public scrutiny as fair as grooming goes? According to Sutter Health, shaving of the pubic hair did start in ancient Egypt and Greece as a hygienic practice, but it was the porn industry that really set pubic hair removal as a norm, as this is a common practice in the adult film industry. This puts pressure on ladies to achieve these “norms.” Actress Kristen Stewart says, “I think it’s ridiculous that you need to look a certain way to be conventionally pretty.” I think that extends to a woman’s personal grooming habits. What one does with their own private parts shouldn’t be up for critique from society. No one should be made to feel lesser, when they’re doing what makes them feel comfortable or attractive.

Amanda Palmer’s Song “Map of Tasmania,” is an anthem to advocate for ladies choice to do what she wants with her pubic hair. The term “Map of Tasmania,” is slang in Australia for women’s pubic hair. She mentions, “I think if I have any purpose at all, it’s to stand up there and say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, girls. You totally have a choice. You can wax it, you can shave it, you can grow it out, and this really is up to you.’ That’s the way that I feel about everything, that you just need to know there’s a choice out there.” Her lyrics are geared towards her preference of au natural. But the message behind the song is still the same: “Do what you want with your pubic hair.”

So ladies- crank it up, and you do you.