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Mara Altman deftly tackles the extremely taboo first world problem of hair removal in modern America.
Of COURSE I don't want you to know about my unmentionable hairs. It's obvious I have arm hair, and sometimes I give up on my pits and legs for a few months at time because lalala I can wear tights and longsleeves, and I am Staunchly Feminist about my lower region. But I have parts you don't know about. Emergency tweezers in my purse.
We don't talk about this. EVER. We never talk about emergency tweezers, and Mara Altman WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT. And it's a beautiful thing.
I wish we lived in a society where this was not a big deal. But if we did, then I wouldn't be able to listen to Mara's hilarious exploration of our culture, how it came to be, and the terrifying billion-dollar industry that now stands because of it.
In short, if you're a person who grooms, listen to this. Now. It'll take you like an hour. And you'll laugh and commiserate the whole way through.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Bearded Lady to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version, but I think I would have preferred to listen. I like Mara's voice, and I wish she would narrate other works as well!
Have you listened to any of Mara Altman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not yet, but intend to do so!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed at parts, and all in all related to her anxiety and struggle with hairiness. As a woman of eastern European descent myself, I've had my fair share of mortifying and memorable moments in my effort to remove unwanted hair.
Any additional comments?
This book was an enjoyable listen, and I definitely recommend it. It tackled the sensitive issue of women's body image in a clever and funny way, without being preachy.
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