A Bush in the Hand: Sasha Grey and Pubic Hair-Phobia

Porn performer Sasha Grey has been known to push boundaries and buttons. She’s been in intense gang bangs, does deep throat and facefucking, and has performed a lot of rough sex scenes. She’s also quite vocal about enjoying what she does, which certainly challenges the anti-porn propaganda that claims that no porn performers do.

Sasha has continued to challenge perceptions of porn performers by appearing in  The Girlfriend Experience and, more recently, HBO’s Entourage. Of course, when I heard about it, I assumed there’d be full nudity at some point. But as if that wasn’t enough, she had the audacity to not be totally shaved! (yes, that was sarcasm)

Fleshbot has a clip of the scene, but for those of you who don’t want to trek over there, here’s a shot of it:

I had a feeling when I saw this that there’d be some negative response, given our current trend for shaved vulvas. But I wasn’t expecting salon.com to pick the story up. Apparently, plenty of folks are worked up over it and they’re tweeting to make sure the world knows:

Yea she had a sicko BUSH

Sasha Grey had an ENORMOUS fucking 70s bush. WTF

That shit was so uncalled for

Sasha Grey really should shave her bush

Entourage was wild. So was Sasha Grey’s bush. #EW

did anyone else think that was disgusting. ITS 2010!

Of course, it is twitter, so not everyone shares the same views:

Woohoo! Go Sasha Grey! This is win.

Sasha Grey set that trend!

Classiest person of the day: Sasha Grey. Way to smack down the stupids

So why does anyone care that Sasha Grey showed her pubes on “Entourage”?

Wow, way to be openly critical and sexist, Entourage viewers. Props to you Sasha Grey for doing what feels natural for YOU.

The thing is, most of the time, whatever people think of as acceptable/attractive/normal is simple a matter of what they’re used to. Think about some of those foxy fashions from the 70’s. Sure, some people were into them because they were using way too much cocaine, but not everyone. And what about those memorable 80’s looks? This was “normal” at the time and don’t kid yourself that you wouldn’t have worn this stuff, too.

So whether this was a publicity stunt (and I can’t deny that it has certainly been good for brand awareness) or just Sasha doing her thing, I’m glad to see it. And as she put it in her tweet:

A lot of bush comments after tonight’s #Entourage episode. If you’re curious…that’s what a grown woman looks like. Besides, I shave where it counts ↓ I’m happy to contribute to making it ok again:) All ‘fashions’ have their cycles!

Or as my co-worker, Carol Queen said, “Don’t they know that it grows there naturally? It’s not like she had to put Rogaine on it!”

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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