By acting like one of the boys I climbed up through the hierarchy. I earned a seat at the table and had a voice in creating menus and running the kitchen. But I paid a hefty price.
For Whitman, camaraderie isn’t just a matter of sharing your goals and working together, nor is it just talking out loud about your feelings. It’s about sharing the very essence of yourself.
On the rise and rise of muscle as an indicator of a good, desirable or healthy masculinity in our times.
It is by becoming aware of and ultimately resisting the cultural structures and systems in play – that racialise non-white bodies and romanticise Eurocentric beauty – that I can finally not give a damn about the uneven, slow-growing nature of my body and facial hair.
I interview writer, scientist and advocate for transgender issues Kaya Wilson about everything from shaving and body hair to sexuality’s inherent connection to the aesthetics of male hair. And if I do say so myself, it’s a fantastic chat.
A large part of expressing as trans has been allowing myself to enjoy what I’m not supposed to enjoy. … Shaving became a moment to gather strength.