July 2, 2011

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Whew – so it’s been quite something being the main voice of opposition to the ‘Julyna’ campaign. Hilariously, the story was picked up yesterday by the Huffington Post. Here’s a link:


I’m doing a spot on CKNW radio in Vancouver tonight – hopefully it all goes smoothly. You can listen live here: http://www.cknw.com/ I’ll be on at 5:45pm Pacific/8:45pm Eastern.

I was also interested to note that the Globe and Mail’s clever columnist Katrina Onstad has opted to write about the politics of body hair removal today. Her essay asks questions about why pubic hair removal is becoming normalized among young women (my favourite question!). She writes:

“But for women, waxing seems to have shifted from choice to routine necessity, less pedicure than toothbrushing.”

She questions why we feel so compelled to whisk away everything when it comes to body hair, along with why we so readily buy into the kind of body-hatred that seems so intimately tied to normalized waxing.

A few more well-expressed thoughts:

“If waxing is just one page of the sex playbook, then okay. But when a beauty treatment goes from playful to imperative, when the real, hairy body no longer has a place in the masculine (or feminine, if we’re headed that way) imagination, when pain and money become the standard – then sexy is dead. The salons and spas become part of what psychoanalyst Susie Orbach calls “the merchants of body hatred,” peddling an endless bodily discontent.”

You can read the whole article here:


I noticed that her column generated a few hateful comments on the Globe and Mail website, so if you like what Onstad has to say, do consider giving her a thumbs-up online.

Oh- and if you’re interested, I’m going to be talking about ‘Julyna’ on the radio tonight, along with the event’s founder, Vanessa Willson. We’ll be live on CKNW in Vancouver — you can listen live by going here: http://www.cknw.com/




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