I don’t know why I’ve been holding off sharing this project I started 18 days ago but well here it is, 18 days late!
It all started when I made this piece for a feminist zine here in Ecuador:
It says “I love my pubic hair #Idon’tshave #natural” in Spanish and since then I wanted to bring that message to a broader audience. If you recall my daily illustration challenge back in December to draw a self-portrait every day for a month (week 1, week 2, week 3), you know that I thoroughly enjoyed that platform and structure to make something every day.
My strong feelings about pubic hair stem from the knowledge that in the West, shaved and waxed vulvas are how the majority of folks first learn about vulvas on the internet (heteronormative porn). Even before I knew of the vast quantities of bald vulvas that existed on the internet, I felt pressured to do something about my “hair down there” from partners that I had.
In any case, the last time I felt disappointed by the internet’s representation in something I cared about (gay and Asian folks), I made a website: asiangayandproud.wordpress.com
But this time, I wanted to turn this gap in representation into a daily art project. One unshaved vulva* a day. I started on March 2nd, and have done 18 drawings so far: https://noidontshave.wordpress.com/
I reached out to a handful of friends by email in the beginning to ask for submissions (a photo of their unshaved vagina and a story about pubic hair) but in the past week I’ve received over ten submissions from folks I didn’t know at all. Ultimately I want to make a zine out of the 31 that I draw.
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I’ve been really enjoying the variety of stories and vulvas (color, shape, texture, size, etc.) and it has been extremely affirming to me (click on any of the images below to enlarge). In 18 days the project has already attracted 7,000 visitors from all over the world (Bahrain, Mauritius, India, South Africa, Turkey, Australia, Ecuador, and many many more!)
In any case, you can follow the project by visiting: https://noidontshave.wordpress.com/ and clicking on the upper right hand corner to find the Follow the Blog by email button. You can also follow it by following my instagram feed: instagram.com/heymiyuki
13 more drawings to go!
That’s it for now!
P.S. If you feel moved to submit, I have five more spots left. Just send me an email at queer scribe at gmail dot com with a photo and a story!
*This project isn’t just for cisgender women. Gender is never as simple as black & white and neither is this project! Gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and trans folks are encouraged to submit photos and stories! I call my genitalia “vagina” so that’s the term I’ve been using but if you’re trans (or a cis-woman) and don’t refer to your genitalia as “vagina”, you are also welcome to the project! And to clarify, if you’re a trans woman who refers to their genitalia as a vagina, you also belong here 🙂 On the note of language though, here’s an interesting article a friend shared with me on the difference between vagina and vulva.