Related so hard. This reminded me of my piece, Mama, Why Don’t You Wear Dresses Every Day? (right down to the headline phrasing!)

I quit shaving, and the main reason is that having a kid made me realize so much about the way I wished the world was, and I questioned what personal choices I could make to bring that world into being. My mom was so self-deprecating about her body, and I don’t want to be that way, so I’ve worked hard on seeing myself as strong and beautiful no matter what, as I know she sees me, as I want her to see herself. Having a kid has been amazing in that way.

Anyway, as much as I’ve moved on from the usual feminine body ideals, I do still pluck my eyebrows, and I my daughter has caught me in front of the mirror and asked me why I’m doing it. And I agree with you that these conversations are so huge for their whole conception of their own bodies and on and on.


Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They

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