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Bring Back the Bush: Channel 4 doc sparks debate on pubic hair

Hosted by writer Chidera Eggerue

Bring Back the Bush on Channel 4 proved controversial last night as it sparked a debate on social media.

The documentary, repeated yesterday (Tuesday, September 8) evening, saw writer and body positivity activist Chidera Eggerue explore our attitudes towards pubic hair.

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Writer Chidera Eggerue hosted Bring Back the Bush (Credit: Channel 4)

What happened on Channel 4’s Bring Back the Bush?

Chidera’s aim was to shed light on why so many women today choose to remove their pubic hair – compared to decades past, when it was much more common for them to have a full bush.

She said on the show: “Once upon a time, pubic hair was everywhere, but where is it now? You hardly see a bush any more. Vaginas are now normally bare and totally hairless.”

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The programme looked at the connection between the rise in adult entertainment – particularly in magazine form – and the disappearance of bushes everywhere.

Chidera said: “As more and more magazines flooded onto the market, the women in them began to look like sex machines – artificial and highly manufactured. More natural women and their pubes started to disappear.”

She added, picking up a magazine: “This Playboy shoot from 2007, there’s no hair at all. It’s gone. We’ve literally just witnessed the evolution of pubes in porn magazines.”

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The Channel 4 documentary explored attitudes to pubic hair and how they have changed (Credit: Channel 4)

What did viewers think of Bring Back the Bush?

On Twitter, viewers were sorely divided over whether it’s best to shave or not.

One insisted: “#bringbackthebush NO, nobody likes a mouthful of pubes.”

In case you don’t know, it’s 100 per cent perfectly OK not to wax.

Another argued: “I doubt women like to get a mouthful of pubic hair, when they give blow jobs. If men want women to be clean-shaven, down below… then they should shave their bits.”

But a third hit back: “I think you’ll find a lot of men who give a [bleep] about their appearance do [shave]. I do. I cannot stand pubic hair on my self or anyone else.”

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Bring Back the Bush sparked a furious debate on social media (Credit: Channel 4)

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Someone else said: “Women, in case you don’t know, it’s 100 per cent perfectly OK not to wax your pubes #SayNo #NoMorePain #SaveMoney #bringbackthebush.”

A fifth argued: “#BringBackTheBush quite right too! I grew up with the bush. Loved it. A fully-shaved version was a jaw-dropper back then. We were interested in women, not girlies.”

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