I have had innumerable emails from young women who told me they burst into tears when they began reading my site because they felt like they eventually found someone who understood their pain or what they were going through.

One of my most incredible emails to date was from a girl struggling with anorexia who said she’d been through countless treatments for it and nothing ever helped, but somehow, reading through my words and seeing another woman so comfortable with herself gave her just a little hope enough to reach out for treatment again.
That completely breaks my heart, that girls are not finding this support anyplace else in their lives, but I am glad that they’re able to find some kind of solace in what I talk about even if it simply makes them feel better for that one, hard afternoon when they come home from school after a hard day or something.
That’s astonishing, especially, when you consider why you started the site! And I suppose it illustrates the need out there for honest conversation about bodies and even sexuality to a certain amount. As I mentioned before, your posts are very devoid of artifice, very honest, in the sense that you just reveal and tell it like it’s including photos of hairs on your nipples, discussions about anuses, images of menstruation. These are such common events, and yet still taboo to discuss, let alone show. What made you pick to show/discuss these, and even say I think it (bleeding) makes me powerful and strong”? Is it easier to be fair about these specific issues when anonymous?

BtoB: I think I’m pretty honest about this stuff even when I’m not anonymous. I will have a discussion with my buddies about our bodies, or their “odd” sexual dreams, or show them my ingrown hairs. Obviously I don’t merely go around blurting this stuff out to strangers, but if someone came up to me at a grocery store and said, “Are you on your period? How does that make you feel?”I probably wouldn’t even ask, “Why would you ask me that?!” I ‘d only consider it for a second and find out how I felt, then tell them.
There are some parts of my body that I’m still a bit squeamish about or feel strange about, but I Have understood that talking about it’s the easiest method to get over it. It is funny, because lots of times I don’t know what I am going to say about a graphic at all.
I merely shoot an image of something, my interval, for instance, and then I set it on my computer and stare at it for a bit and after that just start writing. Sometimes I know what I’d like to say, but more often than not it only begins pouring out of me and I understand how I feel as I’m writing it.
Intriguing, so in a way, it’s a learning process for you as well. As I was reading through your website, I noticed that one of the topics that appeared to create the most “buzz” out there was related to women’s armpit hair, particularly when Nerve wrote an article about you. Why do you believe that caused such a stir? And why especially with women, as you point out?
BtoB: That was an interesting discovery. I have definitely received more strange looks from women in daily life in reference to my armpit hair than from guys, which is what I talked about farther back on my blog. But the Nerve and Reddit opinions came from a lot of guys also, I think.
It’s like people have this bizarre misconception that women either are not supposed to grow armpit hair, that family nude group is “abnormal” (which is insane because it is entirely natural!) or that it makes a girl gross and “unhygienic.”
It was truly truly eye-opening for me to see that much loathe created about that topic since I exist in a somewhat secure bubble when you consider it. The people that follow my Tumblr follow it because they enjoy me and what I’m doing.
They share it with their friends who also enjoy http://nudismsite.com/tube/the-sunday-morning-dawned-bright-nudist-story/ , etc. Nevertheless , while my images (not even ones targeted at my armpits, just ones that showed it as part of an alternate topic) found their way to “the web at large,” it was a surprising surge of negativity and hate about my hair. It was kind of a wake up call this little world I’m in where everybody is fairly supportive and happy and favorable is certainly not a representation of how everybody actually feels about these things.
Which is really the main subject of your website, body hair! As a naturist, it is been interesting to see the evolution of body hair, particularly pubic hair. It is fairly standard to see men and women of all ages, without pubic hair now. Why do you believe society has such an aversion to hair there?
BtoB: I really can not figure that out. I mean, sure I could say it’s all the media or the want to look youthful or a huge scam by shaver firms and it is all advertising, but I do not know if I believe those matters. Or maybe it is a mixture of all those things.

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