Joshua Williams Interviews Bare 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 topic that never gets old in the nudie world (and arguably in the non-nudie world, too): pubic hair! As part of the show, our friend Joshua Williamscontributed an interview with the woman who began a fantastic body image blog called Naked to Bush.
I enjoyed the interview so much I decided to see about printing the transcript on our site, so here it is below! You can also scroll to the bottom and listen to the entire show (Bare to Bush interview starts at around minute 29:00).
Naked to Bush Interview on the Naturist Living Show [Pubic Hair Picture courtesy of]
Introduction from Joshua Williams: It’s fantastic to be on the Naturist Living Show today, in the role of an interviewer. I have appreciated my many conversations with Stephaneon and off this podcast. A few months ago, I came across a very fascinating tumblr blog called Bare to Bush, which describes the project perfectly.
On September 16th, 2013, a girl decides to shave off all of her pubic hair, then follow its regrowth through words and images, on the internet. And while it sounds completely sophomoric, the reality is that the journey, if you will, has been rather deep. It turned into an opportunity to contemplate her own body and open up a conversation with other girls and men about bodies in general, the great and the bad.
I am pleased to have had a conversation with the founder and writer of the blog and now the website, However, as the blog is composed anonymously, we selected to have to have the dialogue via chat after which use the transcript to record an interview with another girl’s voice.
Naturally, we discuss the reason behind this anonymity in the interview, but also delve into discussions linked to nudity, sexuality, body approval and obviously, body hair.
Joshua: What was the genesis for this quite unique project?
BtoB: Frankly, I was bored one day , and so I shaved my pubic hair. I have always believed it’s funny how folks have Tumblr sites about silly things that seem like no one would care, so I got it in my mind to create a blog where I followed the re-increase of my pubic hair only out of pure boredom and to amuse myself.
Sort of like how people say, “it’s as dull as watching paint dry,” I figured it would be a fun, dreary photograph journal of hair growing back.
And obviously, Tumblr enables you to do something like that, unlike other social media platforms! Did feel like there was something you could prove by doing it, for yourself or others?
BtoB: Not really. I mean, I wish I could say that it was all this premeditated platform from which to reach out and talk to individuals about their bodies, but that’s totally not what I meant. I actually only did it for fun and figured I’d have only a couple people following it who also thought it was funny or who merely needed to see pictures of a girl’s crotch.
And I’m certain there are those that visited the site for that very reason! At what point do you think it took on a different dimension?
BtoB: I believe the 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 burst the manner that it did, I only had it in my brain which I desired to show folks that all of the “self shot” images they see are still posed and carefully positioned and that the body can be so different depending on how it’s posed.
I made that post, thought nothing of it except perhaps being happy that it turned out so nicely, and 4 hours after it’d already reached well over 2 thousand people. Right now I believe it has something like 103 thousand “notes” on it. That made me realize that I had inadvertently started saying things that folks really related to.
And with the popularity of the “selfie” and self-awareness it seemed to really connect with readers on a variety of levels.
BtoB: Definitely.The web is so full of “self” these days, but so many folks do not recognize that those folks posting photos still just post their greatest images, their finest “self.” Folks believe that because something is not “commercial” it’s somehow more natural, but that is not actually the case a lot of times.
I’d say that most people who post all of those self shots – even like a Facebook profile picture – post only their absolute greatest angles, which are not actually indicative of how they appear in real life.
There’s an “artifice” to these graphics then. And all the while, do you believe that women, even men, crave something more real, even when they create these “best angle” shots for Facebook?