Harnaam Kaur first started growing facial hair at the age of 11. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that causes a hormone imbalance in women.
“I decided to keep my beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like,” Kaur said. “Today I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realized that this body is mine, I own it, I do not have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally"
they say that thirty meters down in the ocean, a diver loses his senses, forgets which way is up, and swims deeper and deeper and deeper down. they say it’s like being drunk (or stupid) (or maybe some of each) to get dizzy in a dark place and stay, to forget the thing that’s trying to kill you and follow it.
and i am always thirty meters under. it is always dark and i am always forgetting to breathe, always forgetting that you are the thing to escape from. this is the midnight zone they warned you about, i am too deep in to go back up.
Don’t tell me I talk about my illness too much. Every movement. Every breath. Is a reminder that I’m not ok. That I may never succeed.That I can’t do things that normal people do. That everyday is a struggle. Never ever tell me I talk about it too much.
My real self, the self I have always been from a
child, is a loner and nerd, slightly overweight, with a very heavy
fringe. That is who I was as a kid. I don’t think I will ever be
anything other than that. It is sheer delight when I see pictures of
myself now because I think: that’s not me. I was ‘Hayley Fatwell’ at
school. I had the only-child syndrome of loving my independence to the
point of being a bit socially retarded.
Dr. McCoy has the medical-biological knowledge. Mr. Spock… is better suited physically and emotionally to stand the stress. Both are right, both are capable… and which of my friends do I condemn to death?