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    Beautiful beasties

    Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about body hair, especially women and. I am intrigued by the fact that we live in a time where we aspire to near-hairlessness. It’s a lot of fucking pressure, is what it is, to be sufficiently depilated to please that body hair–governing cabal known as They. They are merciless taskmasters, for sure, because They are relentless about pushing the hairlessness agenda and making us feel ashamed if we don’t thread our eyebrows and wax our pits and pussies and pins to perfect glassine smoothness.

    I have had my body hair configured in every possible way — there and not-there and various combinations of the two. I didn’t shave my pits for about 15 years and altho’ my body hair is sparse and pretty pale in colour and therefore not obtrusive so you might think unlikely to offend delicate sensibiities, that was taken as a very confrontational act (or non-act, I guess). It wasn’t meant that way at all tho’ … I just always thought the hair under my arms was kinda sweet. (Still do.) Anyway, people would often be rather cross with me about it and sometimes seemed to feel they were entitled to an explanation. Even when you’re clearly not some big manly diesel dyke, if you don’t shave under your arms as a female, people often have this bizarre “You some kinda lesbian?” reaction. Which, first of all, well, what if I am? And second of all, because the hairy armpit bone is connected to the lesbian bone? It don’t compute, however you feed the data cards into the damn machine. Most perplexing.

    Anyway, also right now I’m seeing quite a few sculptural pieces of women made of fur. Hairy beast women. And have recently had an interesting series of exchanges with a female friend who’s pretty hairy and who suffers every day because of it. “It makes me ashamed,” she says. Ashamed. Over body hair. Jesus. It seems to me that 15 or 20 years ago, we were more lacakadaisical on this front, and that virtually none of us regularly ripped all our pubes out. So why did it start, this big move towards pubic depilation? Because, really, as a regular locker-room denizen, I can say that it’s rare these days to see full bush on a woman under fifty. Everybody does a certain amount of landscaping now, it seems. So truly, why?

    It’s porn, I think. Don’t you? Porn stars started removing their pubes so we could all get an unobstructed view of the ins and the outs, and now most of us — women, anyway — seem to feel obligated to wax off all or at least most of our pubes. So I’m thinking the furry beast women are a bit of a response to that. And they are threatening to people, those sculptures, they kind of repulse and disturb even as they fascinate, so there’s a whole transgressive in-yo-face attitude there that I love, very much. I love artist Allyson Mitchell’s observations about untamed female sexuality and I am deeply interested in how much we, as a culture, fear female sexuality, even as we pornify everything around us. I’m also deeply loveful of uppity women who maybe wanna scare you a bit with their Fridastaches and their disobedient armpits and their unruly vaginas.

    Yeah, baby. Uppity women. I cast my lot with them.



    Allyson Mitchell Video: Interview with a Sasquatch from Canadian Art on Vimeo.

    alma face
    Alma (detail, torso), by WhiteFeather, 2009
    Human hair, Persian lamb, beaver fur, rabbit fur, mink, raffia, goat skin, acrylic paint, gold leaf, beeswax, deer hoof, moose teeth, taxidermy epoxy, found mannequin
    Image of Frida Kahlo from the Vicente Wolfe Photography Collection
    Image of Frida Kahlo from the Vicente Wolfe Photography Collection © 2001 Philadelphia Museum of Art, via vita.mn
    La Donna Barbuta - Bearded Lady of the Circus, via contemori's etsy
    La Donna Barbuta - Bearded Lady of the Circus, via contemori's shop on Etsy
    La femme à barbe, Clementine Delait, via thaon-les-vosges.org
    La femme à barbe, Clementine Delait, via Thaon-les-Vosges
    Beasty Girl by Birgit Dieker, 2001, photo
    Beasty Girl by Birgit Dieker, 2001
    ghadah's eyebrows
    Extract from journal by Ghadah Alkandari
    hair01
    Drawing by Ghadah Alkandari, 2010
    on her way back from the depilation table. she's exhausted but feels complete as a woman."
    hair02
    Drawing by Ghadah Alkandari, 2010
    you will be married tonight.
    hair03
    Drawing by Ghadah Alkandari, 2010
    let's roll.
    Frida Kahlo uterus plushie
    Frida Kahlo uterus plushie, via VulvaLoveLovely's shop on Etsy
    badbird
    Lottie, the Dog-Face Girl, via badbird's shop on Etsy
    Wallets Only This Year, Erik Mark Sanderg, 2008
    Wallets Only This Year, from the Hairy Children Portraits series by Erik Mark Sandberg, 2008
    Installation view of ‘Midge’ by Allyson Mitchell, via femininemoments.dk
    Installation view of Midge, from the Lady Sasquatch series by Allyson Mitchell, via Feminine Moments
    Lady Gaga
    Lady Gaga at the VMAs
    Image via croneandbearit.wordpress
    alma's muff 2
    Alma (detail, abdomen), by WhiteFeather, 2009
    Human hair, Persian lamb, beaver fur, rabbit fur, mink, raffia, goat skin, acrylic paint, gold leaf, beeswax, deer hoof, moose teeth, taxidermy epoxy, found mannequin
    Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, via amberseree
    Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, by Frida Kahlo, 1940
    I hate you hair, Ghadah Alkandari
    I hate you hair by Ghadah Alkandari, via little green bullet
    This picture is more about the lady in the corner, discretely depilating herself, than the woman in the foreground. Body hair has always been a tremendous complex for a hirsute Arab like me. The woman is in pain and discomfort. She’s bent like a contortionist in a plexiglass box. She’s probably sweating and her sheera/halawa/sukar (depends whether you’re from the Gulf, North Africa or the Levant respectively) is either too cold or melting. The session is a disaster and she’s better off going to a professional.
    wookie woman by ~0-4 on deviantart
    Wookie Woman by ~0-4 on deviantART
    Embroidered Bearded Lady via LeighLaLovesYou.'s photostream
    Embroidered Bearded Lady, via LeighLaLovesYou.'s photostream on flickr
    Tawny (front) ~ Lady Sasquatch © Allyson Mitchell 2006, via www.allysonmitchell
    Tawny, from the Lady Sasquatch series, by Allyson Mitchell, 2006
    Piercings by the Bearded Lady, via spun.awake's photostream
    Piercings by the Bearded Lady, via spun.awake's photostream on flickr
    Lily Lucinda by Silvia B. via aaree.blogspot.com
    Lily Lucinda by Silvia B., via aaree.blogspot.com, 2001
    Bearded Lady poster, via Karin Granstrand's Portfolio on behance
    The Bearded Lady, poster, via Karin Granstrand's Portfolio on Behance
    Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show 2007 at Diamond's Cafe, NE Minneapolis, via ninahale's photostream
    Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show 2007 at Diamond's Cafe, NE Minneapolis, via ninahale's photostream on flickr
    Lady Sasquatch by Melissa Cooke, via dressupwednesdays
    Lady Sasquatch by Melissa Cooke, via Dress Up Wednesdays
    bearded lady via I Made You A Beard's photostream
    Bearded Lady, 2009, by Jay Matthews, via jaybarrymatthews.blogspot
    Bearded Lady by Jay Matthews, 2009
    The Bearded Lady, via Karin Granstrand's Portfolio on behance
    Squirrel Lover ~ Lady Sasquatch © Allyson Mitchell 2006, via allysonmitchell
    Squirrel Lover Tawny, from the Lady Sasquatch series, by Allyson Mitchell, 2006
    HAIRY TALES Sculpture by Paz de la Calzada, via atasite.org
    Hairy Tales by Paz de la Calzada, via Artists' Television Access
    5 Comments

    MOST FAVOURITE POST EVER!!!!!

    FEATHER added these words on Mar 23 10 at 3:17 pm

    Love this post. I only shave my pits so I don’t have to wear antiperspirant.
    I won’t ask you what your opinion is of the vajazzling trend.

    Tammy M added these words on Mar 23 10 at 3:39 pm

    Always loved pits & bush — but maybe that’s quelle 70′s of me.

    SOURIS added these words on Mar 24 10 at 12:11 am

    an awesome page, pics and comments. have long felt the consciousness of hair, and more recently moved toward fucking off shaving. i was in the shower, picked up my razor, and was actually like – why the fuck do we do this? why do thousands, likely millions of women across the world, somehow feel this act is necessary, and more worryingly – natural?! it’s really powerful to break down the ‘normal’ acts we seem to have built into existence, and realise its bollocks that offers you nothing. thank you for inspiring and encouraging women to claim their own bodies back!

    Charlita added these words on Mar 27 10 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for including my bearded lady embroidery in this post! I also wanna say, that not shaving my legs for about 3 weeks at a time is the greatest!

    Leigh added these words on Feb 05 11 at 7:52 pm



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