Bravely growing where no mannequin has grown before.

(photo by Jen Chung/Gothamist)

Yeah, so, these are the mannequins at American Apparel's store on East Houston street in NYC today, which Gothamist was quick to find and share with the world. According to one employee, they went up without warning last night, and people seem to be getting a kick out of them. Personally, I haven't visited an American Apparel in a while, so I missed the memo about their mannequins' areolae, but that's not what we're talking about. We're talking to a return to the bush years - the good bush years from all of history until the 80s, not the bad ones in the 2000s. 

On the one hand, this is pretty cool! Even if, as a matter of personal taste, you like the bald look or something in between, I think we can all agree that women as a whole have been under a lot of undue pressure to keep their crotches hair-free. Of course, for a long time we were encouraging them not to show much of anything. Once society discovered women wanted to wear bathing suits that were less than pants-length, however, we fairly quickly decided that we wanted to see it all and we wanted it smooth. Then we got a lot more into porn and soon the hair was gone. A lot of this stuff was good in other ways, don't get me wrong. Who doesn't like some variety, also? But it also became a major burden (not least in time and money) for women to make sure their snizz was up to snuff, whereas dudes need to be convinced to use even Axe Body Wash.

On the other hand, you have Dov Charney and the fact that American Apparel ads are barely-legal softcore porn. Maybe Dov is just into bush right now. Maybe someone's actually taking a stand. That's the problem with having tons of (mostly settled, some dismissed) sexual harassment lawsuits against you. It kind of makes you seem like a huge perv.

And maybe we need to be worried about one more thing: a new pressure on women to have full, voluptuous, gigantic bushes. Look at those things! I see major growth in the merkin industry.

Check out more photos at Gothamist.

(by Johnny McNulty)

Sources: Gothamist