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Backstories 2022

Olivia Knowles

“To shave or not to shave?” Olivia shares the moments she discovered people’s disgust and fear of women’s body hair.

This story was collected at our Margaret River backyard and is told by Olivia Knowles. Olivia shares the moment she discovered people’s disgust and fear of women’s body hair and how she is trying to unravel society’s conditioning of female beauty standards.

Backstories 2022 is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in suburbs of across Perth and regional Western Australia. In 2022, Backstories occurred in locations such as Geraldton, Kununurra, Bunbury, Margaret River and Lesmurdie.

Backstories 2022 Margaret River was made possible with funding from LotterywestDepartment of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and Centre for Stories Founders Circle.

Interested in creating your own Backstories event? Get in touch at [email protected].

Copyright © 2023 Olivia Knowles

Photo by Ovis Creative Photography.

This story and corresponding images have been licensed to the Centre for Stories by the Storyteller. For reproduction and distribution of this story/image please contact the Centre for Stories.

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