Society loves to label nearly every one of our natural bodily functions as taboo. Pass gas in public...and you're a laughing stock. Menstruation? Considered disgusting. And heaven forbid you have the slightest hint of body odor, or *gasp* sweat marks under the arms of your t-shirt! In fact, we've now found a remedy for this pesky sweating problem that completely eradicates the need for antiperspirant — it's called Axilase and is a minor operation using lasers to destroy those problematic sweat glands. Why suppress sweat and mask odor when you can get to the root of the problem and just rid yourself of those sweat glands altogether!
Congratulations, Axilase! You are the winner of the May New Moon fragilis award!
Check out this article for all the gruesome details of this ridiculous procedure: From sweaty Betty to dry Diane: How new op can stop excessive underarm sweat for good
In actuality, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your sweat or body odor. In fact, there are numerous studies with evidence to the contrary — sweat is a good thing! Our body odor is a proven aphrodisiac and has been found to help regulate women's menstrual cycles (when smelling the body odor of a male).
I wrote an article on this subject called "A Whiff of Wildness" in Dispatch 5 of ReWild Yourself! Magazine. Find an excerpt from the article below, and please go here to gain access to the magazine to read the full article.
I also did an interview on this topic with sense visionary and creator of Living Libations, Nadine Artemis. Nadine creates a product called "Poetic Pits" that I use personally; it's a sensual "odorant" that blends harmoniously with your natural, primal scent. We have a juicy conversation about sexual communication via our armpits, and she shares the toxic cocktail in the average supermarket deodorant stick. We cover a lot of ground in other areas of body and skin care as well! Go here to have a listen!
Here is an excerpt from my article "A Whiff of Wildness":
In the celebration of candor, and the flouting of taboo...
I just have to be real…
I love smelling a healthy person's armpits. More specifically, I love the smell of the armpits of the opposite sex. When I say 'armpits' — or for the more anatomically inclined; axilla — I mean raw and untreated, which is to say it is the smell of the body’s odor itself, not the smell of antiperspirant, cologne, deodorant, or any other man-made miasma masquerading as intrinsic bouquet…
While I am being so cavalier, I might as well admit that it’s not just something I like, but rather I’d say it’s something I need. It fuels me, kickstarts my physiology.
It's like Paleo Viagra...
Human beings are of course — like our cousin species the Bonobo and Chimpanzee — a social ape, and we, when found in the wild, live in small foraging groups of around 30 individuals. Foragers live in close proximity to one another, and do not have the surfactant (soap) based bathing rituals characteristic of our society. In most parts of the world — and in particular, the places where our evolutionary history began — they possess and wear much less clothing than do moderns. Additionally antiperspirants and deodorants are nowhere to be found amongst these peoples, and they spend far more time being active than their sedentary domesticated descendants do today.
Based on the above I think it is an obvious assumption and natural conclusion that human beings have evolved in the presence of one another's body odor, and that as a result, it is possible that we have evolved mechanisms by which our own bodies are signaled — and perhaps even our physiologies modulated — by these smells.
Every New Moon, we will be awarding a fragilis award to our favorite person, product, procedure, etc. that represents the deepest depths of domestication!
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FRAGILIS?
I propose a re-designation of ourselves from the currently accepted H. sapiens sapiens to the newHomo sapiens domesticofragilis — meaning wise, fragile, domesticated man. Of course, at first glance this appears tongue-in-cheek, as if I were simply making a sarcastic quip. However, closer examination of the data indicates that when compared against still intact foraging peoples, we moderns are quite fragile indeed. Be it the lack of physical robustness — a distinctly reduced ability to tolerate temperature extremes for example — or simply our tendency towards early degeneration — the diseases of civilization, i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. — modern humans are undeniably far more delicate than our ancestors. While some might argue that domesticogracilis would be more fitting, again I would assert that it is fragility that characterizes us, as gracility implies a kind of gracefulness that is not indicative of most "moderns".