This morning a guy named Brent showed up at my door, a freelance journalist and photo-journalist for a number of publications you’d recognize. We’d been trying to get together for a while, during a couple of his trips out west. He’s writing a book. Has a literary agent, and several publishers are interested. Game on. He did a 2-hr video interview, just in case he can produce a documentary as well.
I’m basically “the star” of his book, and the Docu, if he can sell it.
Why? Because no soap has touched my skin, no shampoo has touched my hair, in over 4 years, now—and I feel fine and travel light. He happened upon the BoingBoing, Gizmodo, Fark and other popular sites that took my blog from 40,000 to over 100,000 visitors per month—that I managed to hold onto—when I blogged about it. My favorite email over the years in the aftermath: “I clicked over to your blog to laugh at you; ended up losing 50 pounds.”
I live in a world of abject ignorance and moron on so many levels I can’t even account for it. I’ve been undaunted in 20 years, writing tens of thousands of pages of words in many places, highlighting just how stupid I think the whole world around me is. I am one of the best know-it-alls, all of whom you’ll ever know. Promise. …Because I’m a geek, I pay attention, I experiment on myself endlessly, I’m honest, and I have no fear. …And I hate to love people so much. It kills me to see how stupid they are, acting like automatons marching to authority and marketing.
….Oh, yea, my interlocutor gave it a try. He’s been soap and shampoo free for over 2 years. He’s writing a book, has an agent, publishers interested.
At least everyone will know where it came from first, at least in paleo, at least a bit popularized beyond. Of course I didn’t come up with NOT using soap or shampoo first: that’s the whole fucking point.
It’ll be huge, as I explain in the video. For me, has nothing to do with toxins, Naturalistic Fallacy or any of that crap. It’s merely about dismissing something from life—never to think of, or spend money on again—that probably no one needs.
If you ever really need soap or shampoo for a decent social existence, you’re an outlier, a naturally stinky fuck who naturally repels people. But, most just think they need it, which is a lie to themselves…because what they think they need is a 24/7 smell of some or other perfume, which from a Free the Animal perspective, is fucking pathetic and lame.
…In the interview, I also discuss the possibility that because of soap and shampoo, nobody smells like a human, nobody knows what a human smells like.
I’ve encountered a human “scent” that simply can’t be covered up, attributable to the human female animal. I quite like it. Lickable, too. Given that, what in the hell could anyone be up in arms about?