Want to Know Chris Evans's Thoughts on Pubes? Listen to Anna Faris's New Podcast

By Courtney Enlow | Podcasts | April 5, 2016 | Comments ()

By Courtney Enlow | Podcasts | April 5, 2016 |


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When we like celebrities, we have high expectations for them, often unfairly so. And when they say bothersome things, it sucks. That’s why it was such an ugly moment when Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner made those Black Widow comments.

But like all of us, in the public eye or not, there is an opportunity to learn. That’s why what could have been yet another “someone you love is a problematic fave” post is an ode to the education of conversation.

Chris Evans and Jenny Slate appeared on the podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified. All three are friends, so this was very much just listening to three friends drinking and talking about life. And body hair.

Evans, Slate, Faris, and co-host Sim Sarna started discussing pits and bush, which is also the name of my first short story collection. And at the topic of fully grown out armpit hair, Evans response was “bummer.” Like a lot of guys, he wasn’t a fan of the look.

But then Jenny and Anna took over.

“I am so sick of not knowing what I do for myself and what I do for men or for being acceptable for an audition or a part,” Slate said. ” “Everybody should be able to have whatever vaginal hairstyle they want.”

She then talked about how the year before, she grew out her armpit hair. It didn’t look great, “like when a kid tries to grow out a mustache at like 14 years old” and she ended up shaving, not because of male opinions, but because her grandmas were upset about it.

As Faris pointed out, whereas men have opinions on women’s appearance, weight, body hair, certain odors, “I don’t think we have that one thing about a man that turns us off.” That said, Slate responded that she did have a boyfriend whose balls smelled bad and she exfoliated them herself in an attempt to remedy the issue. Equality.

As the conversation continued, Evans softened his initial reaction of “bummer.” “If you like someone, you literally stop seeing the things you may have labeled a flaw. It’s easy to have your physical, surface, superficial preferences but the second you like somebody, all that shit goes out the window.”

This is why it’s important for men to have female friends and to listen when women call them on their bullshit.

Evans will get the attention for this, but I cannot overstate how wonderful and lovable Slate is in this podcast.

“I just want women to do whatever they want with their bodies. It’s too much, it’s just too much to feel shame about what is naturally about you,” she said. “It’s really not about what you have or don’t have or what you’re showing, it’s about self-love and feeling like you don’t have to bend over backwards for the male gaze. I don’t want to live that way.”

Let’s all be her best friend, yes please?


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