Thursday, June 23, 2016

the wind longs to play in your (pit) hair

A few months back I took up an "experiment" and I stopped shaving. The biggest reason was because I was starting to become downright curious to see what my body looked like in its natural state. It bothered me a little that I didn't know.  As someone who has shaved multiple times a week since I was about fourteen, it was a little hard for me to not reach for my razor every time I was in the shower, but now that I'm months in, I'm not sure if I'll ever go back!

It really doesn't make sense to me that society's reaction to women with armpit hair (or pubic hair!) is "gross," or "unhygienic," and yet men with pit hair is completely the norm. Having armpit hair didn't suddenly make me a dirty person. We shouldn't make sudden judgments on someone's appearance simply because we are startled and shocked by it.
Shaving is a habit that women are conditioned to uphold from an early age. There is nowhere on tv, in magazines, or advertisements that shows a woman with hairy pits or legs (even the porn industry has us all about going bare "down there"), so it's easy to see how young teen girls feel like they need to remove that hair if they want to be "normal." (Even though "normal" would seem to me to be the state your body is normally...) Women with hairy legs and armpits are seen as controversial - as if a woman in her natural state is something almost taboo in our culture. It is about time that this changed, so my words and photos are here to help spread the message that IT IS OK NOT TO SHAVE. You don't need to be hairless to be feminine, beautiful, sexy, or powerful.

I'm not writing the post to say that I think all women should stop shaving and embrace their hairiness. I think that if you want to shave you should! I completely understand some people would never want to have have hair on their legs, arms, lady bits, ect., and that is a personal choice, just like choosing not to remove your hair is a personal choice. I want to live in a world where my daughter (if I ever have one) can feel comfortable in her own skin, and not feel forced to look a certain way by the media, advertising companies, and the people around her.

Please, let us all make an effort to embrace individuality, to accept bodies in all degrees of size, color, and hairiness, and to let people do, and not do, to their bodies what they will without judgement. We are all different and unique.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

preparing to say goodbye

I'm currently home in Door County for the summer. I'm working my days (and nights) away to be able to save enough for a longer trip this winter. In my free time I've been enjoying soaking up the sun outdoors, either hiking or getting my hands dirty in my garden.

I sold my car to help out a friend who needed it more than I did, so I've been driving Trixy daily. I don't like driving the van for every day use because it's huge, and the gas mileage I get driving around town is terrible. However, I have developed a different kind of appreciation for the old girl having spent so much time driving her lately.

After the fiasco in Florida, Jasper is very adamant about the fact that Trixy can no longer be used for van life. She's too rusted underneath for repairs to be made simply, and undertaking any excursion too far away from home would be foolish. Of course, he is right, but my heart breaks to admit it. I've slowly been coming to terms with the fact that this summer might be our last together.

It might be hard for some people to understand, but Trixy means quite a lot to me. I decided to buy her on my own, and though friends and family thought I was crazy, I bought her anyways. She immediately became a symbol of adventure, freedom, and rebellion. I have had such wonderful experiences traveling across the country in her, and thinking of selling her in some ways makes me feel like my days of independence and adventure are somewhat behind me.

We've been searching for a new van, and I am certain we'll find a good one (one that was stored in the winters this time - no rust damage!). It still feels different. I'm no longer the single girl making crazy and brave decisions on her own. I'm a part of a couple now. Perhaps that will make for a more sound purchase, and I'm sure I'll appreciate that in the end.

For now we're taking as many little overnight trips as we can. We love to park by the lake and fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping the shore. We remember fun times we've had, and plan adventures yet to come. Here's to summer, working hard, and planning well.
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