A Gay-As-Hell Bisexual Afro-Chicana Shares Her Thoughts on Female Body Hair

 *artwork by Sarah Morrison

*artwork by Sarah Morrison

 

I fall in love with my friends all of the time,

not a romantic love, but the kind of love that makes you want to platonically share a bed with them just to soak up the rays of their body heat.

when I met Sarah, I knew immediately how she would fit into my life forever.

She was, of course, the first person I thought of when I started writing about body hair, (It was a conversation we’ve had many times before-- agreeing and disagreeing) because this story is much bigger than just me and my womanhood.

Sarah has taught me many things about what it means to be a woman, and what it means to feel like a woman.

She has challenged me to lean into the uncomfortable conversations that make us all grow, and has inspired me to tell more of my friends how much I love them.

An artist, activist, friend, lover, Leo/Capricorn/Aries, she has a passion and drive that is hard to not want to be a part of. Here she is, Sarah Morrison. 

 
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Sarah Morrison wants all women to tend to their bodies in the ways that make themselves feel good.

Sarah Morrison is an independent artist from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She works with lino cuts and printmaking using ink, water color and mixed media. Her work is heavily influenced by metaphysics and nature. Having lived in New Orleans, a home away from home for the artist, Haitian and Creole imagery is a prominent influence in her work along with lunar cycles and astronomy. Animals and plants native to the Rust Belt are often featured as well. Recently, her artistic expression has become intertwined with the liberation of all colonized people. Creating modern communist material for colonized liberation fronts, she hopes that her imagery will serve as an act of revolutionary thought and expression which embodies the power of the proletariat. You can find her on Instagram here.

Do you have body hair? Why or why not?

I feel more sexually empowered by not removing my pubic hair.

I go through seasonal spurts, usually in the winter I’m not so adamant about shaving my legs so that’s when I have hair there and sometimes when I eat copious amounts of dairy I get one chin hair and some hair on my nipples. I regularly shave my arms because I have tattoos and I like the way the look without hair on them, and I remove my bikini line but that’s it. I haven’t gotten rid of my pubic hair in about  seven years now. Just trim it up every now and then. Keep it lookin’ cute.

How has your body hair contribute to your feelings on femininity or sexuality?

For me personally it really doesn’t affect my femininity but I do feel more sexually empowered by not removing my pubic hair. For me it was definitely a marker in my life where If I was going to do any alterations to my body I was going to do it for myself and not my sexual partners. It was also somewhat of an acceptance of my womanhood. There is something incredibly attractive about a well-kempt bush.

There is something incredibly attractive about a well-kempt bush.

What motivated your choice to grow your hair?

Like I said earlier it was really a marker of womanhood for me, the way I looked with pubic hair gave me a lot more confidence than without. So it was a no brainer at that point.

How have you dealt with criticism? How have you dealt with praise?

I have only had one sexual partner that commented on my pubic hair and that was annoying and rude. Surprisingly I get a lot of flack about my choice to remove the hair on my arms, usually by these fake woke feminists that think having armpit and leg hair is somehow revolutionary. I have a lot of tattoos on my arms and it isn’t uncommon for people to shave their arms to highlight their artwork.

What do you think is important about women having body hair?

There isn’t really a wrong or right way to be a woman...if we change or alter our bodies it’s because we are aspiring to be the best version of ourselves.

I think it’s important for all women to tend to their body the way that makes them love themselves, that there isn’t really a wrong or right way to be a woman and that if we change or alter our bodies it’s because we are aspiring to be the best version of ourselves. Of course it’s amazing to see women challenging the previous narrative of beauty standards and I think that is wonderful.


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Emeran Irby

Hailing from the mountains of Kentucky, Emeran Irby is a writer, storyteller, and oral historian whose work explores the power of community around the dinner table. She holds a Masters of Food Studies from Chatham University, where she focused on the intersection of labor and gender through practices of food preservation in Appalachia, from which she is working on a series of podcasts making space for these women to tell their own stories. Currently, Emeran is the Oral History Coordinator for the Center for Regional Agriculture and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University where she is building at Western Pennsylvania Foodways Archive.