When did pubic hair become such a big bad thing? In the world of TV, we saw the great pubic hair debate brought to the forefront on April 16. On Starz, “Outlander’s” heroine, Claire, made a bold decision about her pubic hair. Her “honeypot” received a French makeover when she heard waxed vaginas are preferred by the men of France. Over on HBO, “Confirmation” had a scene where Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of talking about finding a pubic hair on his Coke can at work. “Confirmation” takes place in the early ‘90s. “Outlander’s” scenes in France take place in the 1700s. There is over 200 years separating the settings of each show, and neither takes a firm stance on whether or not pubic hair is sexy or gross. However, the two female leads are of the opinion that pubic hair is not as awesome as their lead male characters think.
In Claire’s case, she stripped her honeypot bare, thinking Jamie would like it. However, when Jamie touches Claire and doesn’t feel the “forest” on top of her honeypot, he’s confused by its disappearance. Claire has to explain to him that that she had the pot waxed. Jamie looks disappointed that the flora that used to be atop Claire’s honeypot was put through deforestation. But, despite the loss of Claire’s natural forest, Jamie is grateful to have an exciting and adventurous wife who is willing to try new things. He likes the forest that usually exists between her legs, but it is exciting for him to see her vagina uncovered for the first time.
In “Confirmation,” there’s no way to know whether or not Clarence Thomas thought pubic hair on his Coke can was desirable or not. Aside from the Coke can incident, Anita claims he would describe porn to her in graphic detail and pressure her to spend time with him outside of work. Though she doesn’t speculate as to why he was talking about the alleged pubic hair on his Coke can, we were probably supposed to infer from her statement that pubic hair was a fetish for Clarence. The statement was just one more way for him to act out sexually with her. He wasn’t able to have sex with her, so he openly fantasized in front of her as a substitute.
In the land of TV, pubic hair is regarded in different ways. Claire thought getting rid of her pubic hair was sexy, but Jamie actually likes her pubic hair. Anita thinks talking about pubic hair with an employee is sexual harassment, but Clarence thinks talking about pubic hair on his Coke can or in porn is great (or so Anita says). No matter how pubic hair is discussed in either show, it is associated with sex 100% of the time. Whether the hair is regarded as desirable or not is up to the personal tastes and circumstances of the characters.