I’m a woman.* I have a beard.** These are my stories about my experience with my beard – people’s reactions, my reactions to their reactions, and what I’ve learned about myself, gender, identity, race, class, assumptions, and people through these interactions.
Eventually, I hope to compile these stories into a book.
*I’m a female-bodied person who was tagged female at birth. I mostly identify as female in my daily life, but I also identify as gender-fluid/-queer/-variant/-unaffiliated. In various settings in my life I’m sometimes male-identified.
**My beard grows on its own, without the assistance of creams, pills, or added hormones. It is dense and curly – it’s more than a few stray hairs, and it’s obvious and visible even from a distance or in blurry pictures. It started growing when I was about 13, and I shaved and tweezed for years to keep it hidden. In May 2008, I started letting it grow. I’ve been bearded more or less continuously since then.
Some of these stories are password-protected for privacy. If you’d like to see these posts, email me for the password. If I don’t know you, please explain who you are and why you’d like to see these posts.
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It is so amazing! I did start letting my beard grow in August 2008 and I did not read about you and your blog until today! I also started writing a blog in August 2008 about what I experienced with having a beard. It is so interesting to see that more and more women are going this way, and let their beard grow and want to share about their experiences. I will start reading your blog and perhaps we can exchange some things. I did today post and article on my german blog and i wanted to post your photo there too, is this ok with you if I put a link to your blog and the photo? If not I will remove it again. Thank you! Mariam