“You should be so lucky to pick one out of your teeth.”
A feminist gynecologist and New York Times columnist publicly shamed men who express their discomfort with female partners’ unkempt pubic hair.
Tweeting out Friday to her more than 150,000 followers, Dr. Jen Gunter slammed men who are “grossed out” by ladies’ grooming habits.
“I see the repercussions of this kind of horrible talk from men all the damn time,” the women’s health and sex expert wrote. “If the pubic hair of the woman you love grosses you out then get a fleshlight and go live by yourself.”
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Gunter’s comments were made in response to a tweet about an advice-seeking commenter on Reddit, who asked (in graphic detail) if it would be rude of him to request that his girlfriend “shave her butthole hair.”
AITA for asking my (M23) girlfriend (F20) to shave her butthole hair? (NSFW) pic.twitter.com/SxhqW59Sob
— relationships.txt (@redditships) April 19, 2019
“Anyway, I always go back to what you should say if your sex partner makes nasty comments about your pubic hair,” Guntner said in a followup tweet. “You should be so lucky to pick one out of your teeth.”
The Canadian obstetrician, and frequent critic of her fellow countryman Jordan Peterson, earned plaudits from fellow feminists for her remarks. Many of Gunter’s supporters ripped into the man at the center of the controversy and recounted their own encounters with grooming-based sexism.
“I have PTSD from my ex-husband insisting on using an epilady on me,” wrote one commenter.
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“This is a power play. He’s an insecure manchild who managed to find a girlfriend way out of his league, so he constantly pushes her boundaries and tries to undermine her self esteem,” wrote another commenter. “Power and control are his game. If it’s not her pubic hair it would be something else.”
Tech advisor Paola Bonomo excoriated the man for airing graphic details about his girlfriend’s anatomy. “She doesn’t use reddit, so, while I am telling thousands of strangers about intimate details of her body, I don’t feel I’m exposing anything about our lives,” she wrote.
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The controversy appeared to strike a nerve with Gunter, who continued to unleash her vitriol on the offending boyfriend in subsequent tweets.
“For a second I thought he should get a full wax and she should get a strap on and then he can formulate his opinion on ass hairs,” she wrote. “But I really think he should just remove himself from the fucking pool and get a fleshlight.”
It’s not the first time Gunter has been disturbed by how men respond to female genitalia.
In 2018, she wrote a column in The New York Times entitled, “Your Vagina Is Terrific (And Everyone Else’s Opinions Still Are Not,” chastising men who dared to mansplain the vagina to women.
“Women deferring to men about most things is infuriating enough, but about their most intimate body parts?” she challenged. “We need the patriarchy out of the bedroom as much as we need it out of the boardroom.”
Her 2018 column was a followup to 2017’s “My Vagina Is Terrific. Your Opinion On It Is Not,” in which she described dumping her boyfriend after he complained about the smell of her vagina.
“If you think you have a medical condition, see a doctor. If your partner insinuates that an artificial smell is preferable to the smell of a normal vagina they are the one who has an issue,” she warned. “Telling women how they can be better is a classic way of tapping into body image issues and honestly in my personal opinion it is a form of abuse.”
While Gunter’s aggressive exhortations against the patriarchy may appeal to her supporters, more skeptical onlookers might lump her in with the worst aspects of a particularly out of touch brand of modern feminism. Critics often accuse the present-day feminist movement of losing sight of what matters to the mainstream of society in favor of the outré and bizarre. In a scathing rebuke of the movement published in National Review in 2014, writer David French argued that modern feminism “actually strives to elevate the crazy, the stupid, and the just plain hysterical into the realm of actually relevant cultural and political commentary.”
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