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Bearded Lady Takes on the Hairier Side of Femininity

While some of us have irregularly waxed every last hair off our upper lips since high school, French contortionist Jeanne Mordoj wondered what it would be like to have a beard. Her hirsute dream came not from the desire to up her masculinity but from a curiosity about the things women hide — like any hair that's not on our heads — and things that are at once captivating and revolting.

One night she made a beguiling beard out of the idea and went to bars in Paris. Everyone looked at her. The women stared; the men ogled. Many men, obviously attracted, pursued her by saying things like "what else you've got?" Because that always works! While some women have said it's too revolting to look at, others have called it beautiful.

As for Jeanne Mordoj, she's reached the point where she prefers her jaw stubbly over smooth. "When I put on my beard, I feel my femininity so strongly, maybe even more than without it," she said. "I’ll miss it.”

Source: Flickr User Gabriel Camerotti

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Isista Isista 7 years
Love this idea! I would be too chicken sh!t to try it myself, but I applaud her for challenging traditional beauty roles. P.S. Some men might be attracted to people who dare to be different than the societal norm. Just sayin'.
meeshee meeshee 7 years
i think it's about cleanliness in addition to youth.... our culture is obsessed with being/staying young and having no hair makes you look clean, young, and dare i say virginal?! this is just my own opinion though!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I would actually like to meet this woman. She has an interesting life and disposition... maybe there's something to this beard-attraction, haha.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Um, ew.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Definitions of beauty change over generations. Back in the day, pale-skinned fuller-figured women were most attractive; now it's slender, tanned women. And all those Renaissance women who plucked their hairline to mimick the appearance of a really high forehead! How about those giant powdered wigs both men and women wore in the later part of the 17th century? I don't know exactly how we reached this current beauty definition of complete female hairlessness, but it gets a little absurd sometimes. It's amazing how many hair removal treatments are floating around out there. And frankly, it kind of creeps me out. Maybe I'm just looking way too into it, but complete hairlessness is a little prepubescent. I'm not into manscaping either. I don't want the guy I'm with to resemble a little boy by waxing his body and man bits. Gross. Remember when shaved legs and armpits were enough!?
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'm sure that the whole "hairless women" trend kinda comes down to cultural rules of cleanliness. Shaved pits don't have as much sweat and bacteria trapped in them. Shaved pubes make outward signs of STDs on the labia visible. Shaved legs indicate other areas are shaved and show off leg contours (this has more to do with looking youthful).
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
Maybe men aren't attracted to hairless women, maybe it's just what they've come to expect? In any adult movie that I've ever seen the women are always waxed, and aren't adult movies where men learn about sex? If we, as real women, decided to take charge and live a more "natural" existence, I'm sure men wouldn't mind in the least!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I want to know why men are attracted to hairless women. I mean, no leg hair, no arm hair, no pubic hair, no peach fuzz on the upper lip, no stray eyebrow hairs, no pit hair. Nothing! I don't know why it's so sexy to be hairless, I think being a little fuzzy and confident is sexier than having to wax every couple of days because of some preconceived notion of beauty.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I like the concept of exploring why women feel the need to hide hair that's not on their heads. To me, it's really surprising that guys would be attracted to that, but I think maybe it stems from the fact that a bearded lady is quite rare, so obviously she'll pique their interest.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
I'm sorry, but why would any man be attracted to a woman with a beard? Seriously, that would be the number one clue that she's probably not going to be into you, at least not in that way...
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