Hairy

From time to time SLN has reported on body hair as an add-on for your avatar.

With this in mind I’ve been exploring for possible new developments in these…er…areas, and managed to locate something that isn’t new, but is new to me, on the marketplace.

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At L$89, it’s a snip (no pun intended). While Nearly Tactile’s pubic hair (for men and women) remains the benchmark for genital hair, they don’t do underarm hair, and this set (both underarm and pubic hair come in panty and tattoo layers) gives a natural look to the underarms, if you are into that look. I also think that both would equally suit a male avatar. So if you need some body hair on a budget I suggest you try the marketplace, type in ‘underarm’ or ‘armpit hair’, and grab this nifty set.

NB: Despite there being reference to an in world store -which exists- I couldn’t see this collection being sold on site, so we picked it up from the marketplace and gave it to our model to model!

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Pookes

Bush is back

No George W puns here.

Recent surveys have discovered that 51% of women are going ‘natural’ down there and 62% of men prefer it that way. It rather looks as though the trimming, waxing, shaving fad is turning on the fashion wheel.

Further reporting on this survey can be found here.

Well for some of us, bush never went away! 😉 And I don’t really have a strong opinion on its presence, or lack of presence, other than it’s not for me.

In RL naturism it seems that it’s almost gone the way of the dodo, and I’m in a strong minority in that respect when I visit the beach. Spanish and Croatian naturists seem to be a little less obsessed with their razors (or waxes), it must be said. If I spot another bush on the beach it will almost invariably be attached to a señorita.

So it will be interesting to see how the current state of play is when I get on my next naturist holiday.

Of course, this pro-Bush propaganda, as it might be coined, has got some of the anti- brigade hot under the knicker elastic! Sian Boyle, writing in the Independent, defends lasering ‘down there’. I don’t buy into her theory though, that she’s not been brain-washed into doing so, but because she wants to. No matter how strongly she may feel now, her opinions -particularly when drip-fed opinion by fashion- may change. Sure, full depilation is in vogue now. That may not always be the case. Which is why I would never opt for laser treatment in that department, myself. I don’t like the idea of permanence, a reason why I would never have a tattoo either. Tatts are also currently fashionable, but opinions may well change on that too. And while the super-rich ‘celebrities’ may be able to successfully erase, blemish-free, their collection of outdated tatts, the message will be markedly different for ordinary men and women who may come to regard them as a fashion faux-pas they wish they never had bought into.

I would also add that my own views on pubic hair is that it disappeared as a result of the porn industry’s need for ‘greater detail’, and full depilation, on both its male and female ‘stars’ allowed for more graphic movies (I assume, I’ve never actually seen a porn film. Or a horror movie for that matter. Neither genre is, personally, particularly attractive).

American Apparel’s New York store also raised a bit of a storm (although if you’re storming against, perhaps you need a hobby) by placing hirsute mannequins in their window. They even had…you know….nipples and everything! Maybe some of the skin stores in SL also need to look at their ‘pasty policy’ in the wake of this. They’re nipples. We all know what they look like, and the continuing capacity to censor nipples while the full remainder of a full boob remains displayed is, well, silly!American-Apparel

(American Apparel also used 62-year old model Jacky O’Shaugnessy as a recent lingerie model…and doesn’t she look great!)

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Six years ago, when I started in SL, I began to model my avatar on myself almost immediately. I probably looked laughably ‘cartoonish’ compared to how I look now. If SL continues to develop at the same rate my current avi may well look ‘cartoonish’ with how it will look six years hence. I suspect mesh body will eventually give me the opportunity to pretty much add in the small scar I have on my arm from where I fell off my bike 25 years ago if I wish. It may well get that real.

Modelling my avatar on RL meant, yes indeed, bush. And I’d go to certain SL locations to hang out and inevitably get comments like ‘wow, I love your bush’, usually from male avatars who were of a certain age and had grown up with what it known in some circles as a ‘7os rug’. And, just as I was in RL…something of a singular oddity…so I was in SL. Few, if any, other lady avatars were sporting public hair back then. Now, it’s different. More and more women appear to be wearing pubic hair. It’s hard to tell if this is as a result of RL experience, RL exposure to the vicissitudes of fashion or just a deire to be ‘a bit different’.

Either way, it’s a case of being yourself, hairy or bald down there, in RL & in SL. Just keep on enjoying the SL experience.

Ella.

Fanuary

I’m not sure how global ‘Movember‘ is, but here in the UK it’s a month when guys grow a moustache, and seek sponsors for it, with the money raised going to charity, most specifically to prostate cancer charities, a cancer that affects men.

A bit of fun, and a good cause.

Anyway, some bright spark had the idea that there should be a female hair-growing equivalent, Fanuary.

Here, the idea is that women grow out their pubic hair. (Note, North American friends, that a woman’s ‘fanny’, on your continent, refers to her bum, while in the UK the word exclusively refers to a woman’s genitals).

Now, ‘Fanuary’ is intended to raise awareness and cash for gynaecological diseases and ovarian cancer, but it seem rather more ad hoc and random than a better organised male ‘Movember’.

Quite clearly there’s obvious reasons for this. While a male can grow a moustache and declare he’s raising cash for cancer, is it honestly likely that a female would declare herself to have stopped shaving/waxing/trimming in an intimate spot, even for charity? I don’t think so.

Nevertheless, ‘Fanuary’ has a Facebook and a  Facebook, (nb two separate FB) presences, twitter and tumblr presence, so go explore if you wish! The ad hoc nature of it is that several of these social media outlets haven’t been updated recently, demonstrating there’s no real central focus on it. I’m guessing ‘Fanuary’ may die a death in subsequent years, if it hasn’t done so already.

Despite the fact that it hasn’t taken off, it’s still a bit of fun and an equally good cause. If a few ladies can raise £10, £20, or whatever, it’s still done with good intent, and thus worthwhile.

Here at SLN we’re largely advocates -in the main, I think I’m maybe the exception- of a natural look down there. So we’re hardly best placed to think about commencing and growing for ‘Fanuary’. (Even I am in my ‘winter plumage’ right now! 🙂 )

However, if you like the idea, let me point you at Nearly Tactile, a shop where I think all of us at SLN have purchased lady (and guy!) fur. 🙂

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Permanent model Bebe Hollow wears the Nearly tactile ‘muff’

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The full, natural look

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The ‘Brazilian’, for ladies who like some sense of trim

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And the ‘Man Muff’, the male version.

Competitively priced at $L250, they look great. And for males, who may not be able to exactly replicate their skin colour with their penis colour, they certainly hide that awkward join, and give an avi a better look. (That said, some guys can do the match, while being digitally ‘shaved’, terrifically well).

If you’re going to participate in ‘Fanuary’, or just want a more natural outlook on SL, this is maybe one shop you want to visit, and almost certainly the best pubic hair in SL.

Pookes.