Talking Ugly
Christine Sinclair

Great work, felt a deep resonance with my personal and public relationship with beauty. Having once been a performing artist, I am habitually critical of my presentation. However, I don’t necessarily identify that as an internalized critique of my innate self so much a long ingrained professional spot-checks. So I’m always surprised at how many people rush to defend me from myself before I can explain, I’m not that concerned personally with appearance. By way of context, I had a girl friend growing up with a genetic anomaly that caused her to grow a beard. Not a male beard but a distinctly feminine beard of beautiful, silky, long hair. I’m saying its texture and gloss were very pronounced visually, with no need to touch for confirmation. Gods was she bold and made of strong stuff. No one doubted her femininity at all.

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