Friday, September 25, 2009

Down there

Yesterday, for some unknown reason, I decided to look up birthing videos and photos. Google was happy to oblige, giving me more content than I could ever view. One thing that became clear to me very quickly (besides the fact that birth is....let's face it...pretty gross. I mean, yadda yadda, special and beautiful, etc - but come on, very very gross too, at least when it's a strangers birth captured by a zoom lens close up on her lady parts) is that NONE of these women any way whatsoever. Not that this was totally shocking, but I thought at least one or two would be rockin' the landing strip, or at LEAST a tidy little triangle. Nope. Full bush, top to bottom, every single one.

So after going through all these photographic treasures, I went straight to twitter:

And I got more responses than I've ever gotten from a tweet before. Most of them were along the lines of "you can't take care of what you can't see", and also different variations on can't bend, can't reach, etc. One person (a dude, no less) said: "It's obvious this is your first pregnancy. :P" Ouch.

Argument 1: I have been taking care of business in that region for over 10 years. I'm not pruning into heart-shapes here. I can keep things pretty tidy without seeing what I'm doing.

Argument 2: If I was going to actually videotape my birth, I think I'd want to clean up the stage.

Argument 3: This is my second pregnancy, thank you very much. And furthermore, when my water broke during my first pregnancy, I took a shower and spent a few minutes shaving legs, armpits, ETC (if ya know what I mean).

Argument 4: I'm out of arguments, but 3 points is pretty weak.


Lizzy said...

I love it. That was one of my main concerns for every doctor appointment. I always had my husband come in and give me the OK, lol. You really can't see what it's looking like, but, like you said, if you groomed before, it's not that hard to keep things under control.

Tamsyn said...

I'm with you on this one too. Sure it might be my first, 28 weeks in I can't see much, but I'm sure not planning on going au naturel! Or planning on videoing the birth and putting it on the internet for that matter!

Parsing Nonsense said...

LOL I think it's just a matter of priorities. If they can't see it, it's not important. Also, I imagine that when you're lugging around &+ lbs of baby, feeling sexy is probably not real high on the priorities list.

That said, I am adamant about grooming and such, and continue to keep things in order even though I can no longer see some of said things. Ahem.

jeanie said...

Here via Tamsyn - and I am one of those ladies who is pretty "oh natural" at the best of times - had no problems with baby finding the exit (or doctors finding where to expect the baby to emerge from) last time.

And as to the still being sexy? Well, managed to get knocked up without too much trim, IYKWIM.

It could be that the sort of women who get their births taped AND THEN put them on youtube to be googled are the crunchy granola types who are more free-flowing - and those who coif would prefer not to be scrutinised during birth?

Had to laugh - my word verification is "mindup" - what is the universe saying?