Reclaiming a syndrome: embracing vs. cursing its existence

Lots of things get "reclaimed" — body shapes, offensive words, etc. Today I'm doing something bizarre: I am reclaiming disease. I'm going to present you with a narrative that is NOT popular with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: I am proud of and happy with me having PCOS. Because what it gave me is a beautiful, soft, warm, luxurious face and body full of curly, beautiful fur. I am not beautiful despite it. It is part of my beauty.


Joining a freakshow to really feel human: My life as a bearded burly carny lass

Hi. I'm Little Bear. If you haven’t heard of me, I’m a bearded lady. I perform both solo as a singer of opera and show tunes (often incorporating burlesque), and as a member of Seattle-based modern sideshow troupe, Wreckless Freeks. And if the thought of a bearded lady who takes off her clothes, sings on stage, and lies on beds of nails brings to mind the term “attention seeking,” you may be right. However, I have not always been so candid in admitting so.


I shaved my head, and I feel beautiful

This past Halloween, I shaved my head for my costume.

It's something that I've thought of doing for years. A little bit daring, really easy to do, and wouldn't it be fun to see what my head looked like underneath the hair?


How the color-depositing conditioners of oVertone changed my hair routine forever

Remember when I introduced you to our sponsor oVertone? It's the vegan, and cruelty free color-depositing conditioners that comes in six different colors. The ladies of the Empire were so stoked on this product that we forced them to send us conditioners in all our various colors. Let's talk more about what happened when the ladies behind oVertone hooked up the ladies of the Empire with their awesome color-depositing conditioners…