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February 18, 2014 2:43 PM   Subscribe

A young woman with hirsuteness caused by PCOS talks about living as a "bearded lady." Previously: another young woman with a beard who observes the Sikh practice of kesh (uncut hair).
posted by desjardins (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
All i can think after watching some of the video from the first link is "Damn, i wish my beard was that sweet"

It's like, beardmiration.

also, the "previously" about the reddit thing was one of the most shameful dudebro bullshitfests reddit ever engaged in that didn't involve defending pedophilia, ugh.
posted by emptythought at 3:12 PM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Reminds me of Castle Waiting's storyline about bearded nuns.

It's funny how unnerving it is at first, to see female characters in a comic book who are very womanly and also very proud of their beards. I also enjoy how they have different types/thicknesses of beard, just like guys do.

(Castle Waiting is really good, you should read it.)
posted by emjaybee at 3:13 PM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

oh she's great! I'm rocking the PCOS fuzz (in my case it's kind of a patchy little goatee thing). Being a genderwhatever this-side-of-masculine dude, I don't struggle with my potential identity as a feminine person, but shit's rough out there for a female-presenting or -passing person who's got some scruff. I really admire her ability to own what she's got.

also totally jealous of her coverage, not gonna lie
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 3:35 PM on February 18, 2014 [4 favorites]

She is lovely, and I admire her faith and her confidence in herself. As for me, they'll be prying my epilator and my tweezers from my cold dead fingers.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 3:48 PM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

She is amazing and beautiful. Thanks for posting this.
posted by bleep at 4:18 PM on February 18, 2014

I have PCOS, and in my mid-30s developed a little 'stache. It is white like my eyebrows (I am white, very pale, blonde hair) so I don't mess with it unless it's a special occasion. I am in awe of this woman.
posted by candyland at 6:12 PM on February 18, 2014

It's a Beauty Beard.
posted by oceanjesse at 6:24 PM on February 18, 2014

Huh. Had no idea that was a symptom of PCOS. Have an aquaintance who I met though my mom's group that has a bit of a beard. I've never asked about it because I don't want to be rude and she seems quite comfortable with it.

This girl seems quite lovely. Once you've gotten a good look, it starts to seem very natural. Good on her!
posted by amanda at 7:40 PM on February 18, 2014

She received death threats. For posting about women's facial hair.

Talking about women's biological reality online is now enough to spur death threats.

She's lovely. People are awful.
posted by jaguar at 9:27 PM on February 18, 2014 [13 favorites]

I've had PCOS for 23 years. My chin grows a bit of hair and if I didn't remove it, I could grow a goatee.

Due to other health issues, I cannot shave my legs, so the hair grows out on them. People are rude about it, I mean really rude.

If people are that mean about leg hair, I cannot imagine how horrid they must be about a woman with a beard. I only wish I had 1/10th of her confidence.
posted by SuzySmith at 10:16 PM on February 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

I have the utmost admiration for both of these young women. I don't understand the obsession that we have in Western culture with conformity to one norm. This standard of a binary gender and one general way of presenting is immensely frustrating to me.
posted by Sophie1 at 6:50 AM on February 19, 2014 [4 favorites]

Talking about women's biological reality online is now enough to spur death threats.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:06 PM on February 19, 2014

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