I don’t usually get a whole lot of mail (I get even less now that Canada Post is on strike, meaning mail service is down to about three days-a-week), but today was different. This morning I opened up my wee black box to find a small brown enveloped addressed to me.
I was thrilled. That’s because I already knew what it was.
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a woman thanking me for my writing on this blog. Her note really made my day – not only because it was complimentary, but because it was a solid reminder that there are actually people reading and relating to the stuff that I write.
“It is a beacon of light in the sea of message boards discussing pubic hair as it relates to hygiene,” she wrote. She then explained that this blog had been “instrumental” in her own search for “peace around the topic,” which she said had got her “fired up enough that I made a ‘zine.”
Because she mentioned The Last Triangle in her ‘zine, she told me she wanted to send me a copy.
And that’s what I received this morning.
Needless to say, her ‘zine, “Lady Gardens” is an incredibly charming little publication (I almost wrote ‘publication’, which is an entirely different sort of beast…) Complete with hand-drawn text and illustrations, her little ‘zine explores some of the issues around pubic hair (similar to stuff that I talk about here) and then polls women in her life for their views on the topic.
She starts off by telling us about a male friend who once mentioned that “nearly every girl he’d been with had been hairless.” That nugget of information then prompted her research — starting with Google where her search using “why has having no pubes become so fashionable” begot her the usual discussion on “whether or not ladies should shave or wax.”
“It wasn’t until I stuck in the term ‘gender politics’ that I unearthed anything worthwhile,” she writes, then describing happening on this site, The Last Triangle. “Her blog was exactly the kind of resource I was looking for.” (Isn’t that such a great thing! I was so touched to read that — and she actually refers to my blog throughout her publication).
If you’d like to read more, you can buy the ‘zine online. Here’s a link to Etsy where (if you’re in the USA) you can buy it (I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do if you aren’t).
I’ll say it again – it means so much to me that people are reading and engaging with the content – whether they send me evidence or not. I’m so glad these conversations are happening!