The queen has hairy legs
photos #2,3,4,5 taken by William Heuberger (williamheuberger.com)
When differentiating the edible wildflower Queen Ann's Lace from deadly Hemlock, the saying goes: "the queen has hairy legs" whereas the stems of the hemlock are shiny and smooth.
For over a year, I grew out my body hair. All of it. From head to toe; head hair to toe hair. I began in the spring and didn’t shave again until the end of the following summer. I let my hair sprout and grow to its fullest potential because I’ve never seen my adult body untouched by American social grooming norms. Really? I never let myself go? Well, maybe for a month or so during the winter, but never for this long a period of time, to this degree of hairiness all around, with this much intent to observe how I really felt about it, and with this much exposed to others. I was curious what my female body really looked like without trying to change it and supposedly make it look 'more attractive.' I was curious how I would feel about my fuzzy self and how others might respond...