Britain's first-ever "Muff March" went down in London over the weekend, as women paraded down Harley Street raising objections over the glut of gynecological cosmetic surgeries ostensibly influenced by porn. The event was organized by UK Feminista and feminist performance artists The Muffia, who've gained some attention by wearing pubic wigs in public the last couple years.
Perhaps emboldened by the recent "SlutWalk" phenomenon, the march's mission was to point a finger at the porn industry for its responsibility in causing increasing numbers of women to seek out labiaplasties and other procedures that fall under the "designer vagina" umbrella. And in terms of grooming, the popularity of "The Barbie," or, "The Smooth," is seen as a byproduct of the adult industry as well.
The knock on the march, by at least a few critics, is that, while the principles behind it are noble, it's ultimately self-defeating, itself reducing women to being defined by their vaginas. This was sex researcher and educator Dr. Petra Boynton's take on it:
"The focus of the Muff March on porn is, I think, limiting. While porn has undoubtedly had an impact on how we view our bodies, I don't think it is accurate to simply see it as the main factor driving women to have cosmetic genital surgery or remove their pubic hair. In fact, I'd say the mainstream media has a far greater role to play here but is not held accountable."
I think The Guardian's Naomi McAuliffe makes a good point when she writes:
"It's remarkable that all women have to do to make a political statement, it seems, is not shave. So much is done to make us feel ashamed about our fulsome beavers that a full-on muff is seen as 'courageous,' 'brave,' or even 'Don King in a leglock.'"
So what are your thoughts on this? Is the "Muff March" misguided in its aims?