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.
The only way to ensure that there are no blurred lines is to choose to actively listen to what your partner is saying: both with their words and with their body.