Joshua Williams Interviews Naked to Bush tumblr blogger about pubic hair on the Naturist Living Show Podcast

Note from Felicity: This month’s episode of the Naturist Living Show podcast covered a subject that never gets old in the nudie world (and arguably in the non-nudie world, also): pubic hair! As part of the show, our friend Joshua Williamscontributed an interview with the girl who started a fantastic body image site called Naked to Bush.
I liked the interview so much I decided to see about publishing the transcript on our site, so here it is below! You can also scroll to the bottom and listen to the whole show (Bare to Bush interview starts at around minute 29:00).
Bare to Bush Interview on the Naturist Living Show [Pubic Hair Image courtesy of Baretobush.com]
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Introduction from Joshua Williams: It’s amazing to be on the Naturist Living Show now, in the function of an interviewer. I’ve appreciated my many conversations with Stephaneon and off this podcast. A couple of months ago, I came across a very intriguing tumblr website called Naked to Bush, which describes the job totally.
On September 16th, 2013, a girl determines to shave off all of her pubic hair, and then follow its regrowth through words and images, on the internet. And while it sounds entirely sophomoric, the reality is that the journey, if you will, has been fairly deep. http://nudismphotos.net/posts/my-first-nudist-experience-came-when-i-was-17/ turned into an opportunity to consider her own body and open up a dialog with other girls and men about bodies in general, the good and the poor.
I’m pleased to have had a conversation with the founder and writer of the blog and now the site, baretobush.com. Nonetheless, as the website is composed anonymously, we selected to have to have the dialogue via chat and then use the transcript to record an interview with another woman’s voice.
Naturally, we discuss the reason behind this anonymity in the interview, but also delve into discussions related to nudity, sexuality, body acceptance and obviously, body hair.
Joshua: What was the genesis for this quite exceptional job?
BtoB: Frankly, I was bored one day , and so I shaved my pubic hair. I have always thought it is amusing how people have Tumblr websites about idiotic things that seem like no one would care, so I got it in my mind to create a website where I followed the re-growth of my pubic hair just out of pure boredom and to entertain myself.
Sort of like how people say, “it is as dull as watching paint dry,” I figured it’d be a fun, boring photo journal of hair growing back.
And of course, Tumblr enables you to do something like that, unlike other social media platforms! Did you feel like there was something you could demonstrate by doing it, for yourself or others?
BtoB: Not actually. I mean, I wish I could say that it was all this pre-meditated stage from which to reach out and talk to people about their bodies, but that’s totally not what I intended. I actually only did it for pleasure and figured I’d have only a couple people following it who also believed it was funny or who only needed to see pictures of a girl’s crotch.
And I’m sure there are those that visited the site for that very reason! At what stage do you believe it took on an alternative measurement?
BtoB: I think the very first time I actually realized that it was having an impact was when I made a post about the reality of nude photography. I had no thought it’d explode the way that it did, I only had it in my brain that I desired to show folks that all of the “self shot” pictures they see are still posed and carefully positioned and that the body can be so different depending on how it is posed.
I made that place, thought nothing of it except possibly being happy that it turned out so well, and 4 hours later it’d already reached well over 2 thousand individuals. Right now I believe it has something like 103 thousand “notes” on it. That made me realize that I had accidentally started saying things that people genuinely related to.
And with the popularity of boner “selfie” and self awareness it seemed to really connect with readers on many different levels.
BtoB: Certainly.The internet is so full of “self” these days, but so many folks don’t recognize that those individuals posting photos still just post their best pictures, their finest “self.” Folks believe that because something is not “commercial” it’s somehow more natural, but that’s not actually the case lots of times.
I would say that most folks who post all of those self shots – even something like a Facebook profile photo – post only their absolute greatest angles, which aren’t actually indicative of how they appear in real life.
There is an “artifice” to these images then. And all the while, do you believe that women, even guys, crave something more real, even when they create these “best angle” shots for Facebook?

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