Presenting: No, I Don’t Shave

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:

page1It 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:

But this time, I wanted to turn this gap in representation intnewo a daily art project. One unshaved vulva* a day. I started on March 2nd, and have done 18 drawings so far:

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.


Support my work by purchasing my other zines  & posters (on queer art/activism, gender nonconforming child birth and chest feeding, yoga and meditation, and more!) here:

> > > Miyuki’s Zines < < <

You can also check them out for free first here

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: 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:

13 more drawings to go!

That’s it for now!

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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.



About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).


  1. FINALLY, someone younger than I celebrating pubic hair! Because I don’t look at professional, non-queer porn, I didn’t even realize so many people in the US were removing their hair until a few years ago when I read a sex column by a young Smith College student in the campus newspaper that contained the line, “There’s no excuse for free bush!” I felt old and “out of it” until I mentioned it to the guy I was dating, who was older than I and grew up in the hippie era; he also found it bizarre, and sad that everyone had stopped going “natural” with all their hair.
    This also reminds me that the “Vagina Monologues” could’ve been called the “Vulva Monologues,” to be more anatomically accurate! THANK YOU for doing this project!

    • Thank you So much for your affirmation of the project and for sharing your own experiences! Funny how just a generation difference can mean we have such contrasting notions on the same topic.
      ❤ much love!

  2. I read through all the testimonials. How do you get so many people to Open up so much? Because they are more about a sense of self, identity, gender perception than simply about pubic hair. Amazing illustrations too.

    • I never replied to your question! You know I think I was just honest about why this project meant so much to me and then everyone showed up 🙂 I think this topic is something everyone can relate to 🙂

  3. You know, I read somewhere a while ago how social scientists have found that there is a tectonic shift in sexual experiences and expectations, directly as a result of change in sexual interactions evolving because of the rise of porn as an industry and growing free access to it via the Internet. They even found links with forming perceptions about gender and race – the easy white woman, the hard to have middle eastern woman, the docile small pussy child like oriental woman, the secret knowing ultra bendy south Asian woman so on and so forth. I wish I had saved the link

  4. tovis88

    So wonderful!

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