Little Bear Schwarz

Little Bear Schwarz


When not pounding out feminist rants, Little Bear Schwarz can be found performing in the Seattle area as an opera & show tune singer, a spoken word artist, and as a bearded lady with modern circus sideshow troupe, Wreckless Freeks.  She enjoys strong coffee, stinky cheese, social justice, and Shakespeare.

Little Bear Schwarz Articles

You do you.

Love the Sinner, Hate The Sin? Why Labeling Feminism 'Good' Or 'Bad' Doesn't Help

If the world told me that I would never land a career, a love life, or happiness as a woman, with a face & body covered in hair, is it not empowering (and to a degree, feminist) for me to flip them the bird, grow it anyway, and prove them wrong?


My Struggle To Embrace The Term “Brave”

I’m not brave because I’m shameless, or superior, or strange. I’m brave because I’m afraid.


My Queerness Is Not An Annulment Of Your Identity

No, nothing will make you less of a woman. But nothing will make me more of one, either.

I snapped.

6 Things I Learned From Heartbreak And Financial Ruin

The building pressure of trying to find security and a future on my own, compounded with my heartbreak, caused me to snap.


Kinksters, Creepers, And Shame, Oh My! On Kink Shaming And Personal Responsibility

Kinksters, I am not here to shame you. I am not telling you not get your rocks off. I am simply advocating introspection.

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What It's Like Being A Sideshow Performer — On And Offstage

So the result, therefore, is a culture of “fans” considering us Sideshow Freaks — bearded ladies included — to be “neat” and “fun,” but not actually real.

Credit: Facebook/Phantom Of The Opera

The Feminist Dilemma Of My Burning Love For Phantom Of The Opera

If we were to cut off all of our favorite forms of media because they contained problematic elements, we would live in a very silent and still world.


Why “Just Eat in Moderation” Is A Destructive Response To My Disordered Eating

I can’t just eat in moderation—at least not yet. But I am fine-tuning and honing and perfecting my body with the honor, respect, and love of a hand-crafted sword.


Just Because I Want To Lose Weight Doesn't Mean I'm A Bad Feminist

At its core, body-autonomy—and feminism itself—is about giving women the benefit of the doubt that they can make up their own minds.


I Can’t Be The Patron Saint Of All Things Queer And Hairy

I appear to be someone whose queerness, hairiness, and chubbiness has been wholly embraced and celebrated. I must have the answers! I don't.