By Meow Kapow

Artist Statement: I designed this cross stitch pattern to express my frustration with U.S. beauty standards. Homo sapiens are mammals. Mammals have hair, and not just on their heads. Even though body hair is naturally occurring in our species, many Americans have been socialized to believe that body hair, especially on women, is unsightly, unhygienic, and shameful. My hope is that one day people of all genders may embody the aesthetic of their choice without ridicule, including the choice to remain a hairy mammal. 

Meow Kapow is a bisexual woman from Florida, USA. She designs cross stitch patterns featuring themes of feminism, pride, cats, and medieval marginalia. 

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