Today on the podcast I’m talking with Ananda Morris Paver.
Ananda is an editor in the edutech industry, where her role focuses on pedagogical quality and development.
She holds an MA in English and American Literature from the University of Kent with research interests spanning representations of gender and the body in popular culture, specifically in horror and fantasy narratives of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
She was the lead editor on the 4th volume of the Litterae Mentis journal and continues to write autobiographical and critical essays on a freelance basis.
Ananda’s piece in Living While Feminist is called Feminism Is the Pits, and details her experience of having her hairy underarms become a site of political discussion. In her piece she says of this experience:
"It was one of a million little manipulative moments which make up the negotiations between men and women. Each one forcing us to write and rewrite this ancient oath that everything we do is for them and not for ourselves. It felt unfair that my natural state had become a teaching moment, and yet I’d be damned if I didn’t at least try to make it clear that he was seeing the cause rather than a symptom of my feminism."
So today I talk with Ananda about body hair, and when it’s a good time to have a feminist debate.