On authenticity and artifice

A short poem about facial hair and being my “authentic self”.

This morning I was standing in front of my makeup mirror plucking hairs from my upper lip
Thinking about what it means to be my “authentic” self
To “live my (so-called) truth”

I’ve always been me, always been this way, but authenticity isn’t just for me anymore

It’s for you

It’s introducing you to the me that only I’ve known
And in the process learning who I might be
The me that was hiding beneath the skin

Who have I been, and who might I become?

I tweezed too enthusiastically last night before bed
and now there’s a patch of raw skin that bleeds as I obsessively try to get those little hairs
Those little barbs that betray me
My body asserting a residual self

Home grown artifice
Beneath my skin

I will have to wait a day or two before it’s grown out enough
to be plucked.

Read more here:

Part 1: Trans Girl Magic

Part 2: How to talk about “Tess”

Part 3: What’s in a (dead) Name?

Part 4: Rail (poem and post)

Part 5: A lifetime of coming out

Part 6: A conspiracy theory (poem)

Part 7: On Authenticity and Artifice (poem)

Part 8: Not Getting Any Younger (poem)

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Theresa Jean Tanenbaum

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Digital storyteller, feminist witch, reality blender, pervasive theater artist, steampunk, identity scholar, ADHD, poly & queer, trans woman, she/her

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Highlighting the experience of women of trans experience. Transition, Womanhood, Feminism, Intersectionality, Transphobia, Marginalization and Assimilation, and more.

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