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Author Herzig, Rebecca M., 1971- author.

Title Plucked : a history of hair removal / Rebecca M. Herzig.

Publication Info. New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015]

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Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    617.4779 HER    Available
Description vii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Biopolitics: medicine, technoscience and health in the 21st century
Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-274) and index.
Summary "From the clamshell razors and homemade lye depilatories used in colonial America to the diode lasers and prescription pharmaceuticals available today, Americans have used a staggering array of tools to remove hair deemed unsightly, unnatural, or excessive. This is true especially for women and girls; conservative estimates indicate that 99% of American women have tried hair removal, and at least 85% regularly remove hair from their faces, armpits, legs, and bikini lines. How and when does hair become a problem--what makes some growth "excessive"? Who or what separates the necessary from the superfluous? In Plucked, historian Rebecca Herzig addresses these questions about hair removal. She shows how, over time, dominant American beliefs about visible hair changed: where once elective hair removal was considered a "mutilation" practiced primarily by "savage" men, by the turn of the twentieth century, hair-free faces and limbs were expected for women. Visible hair growth--particularly on young, white women--came to be perceived as a sign of political extremism, sexual deviance, or mental illness. By the turn of the twenty-first century, more and more Americans were waxing, threading, shaving, or lasering themselves smooth. Herzig's extraordinary account also reveals some of the collateral damages of the intensifying pursuit of hair-free skin. Moving beyond the experiences of particular patients or clients, Herzig describes the surprising histories of race, science, industry, and medicine behind today's hair-removing tools. Plucked is an unsettling, gripping, and original tale of the lengths to which Americans will go to remove hair"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Hair -- Removal -- United States -- History.
Hair -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Body hair -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Human body -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9781479840823 hardback
1479840823 hardback

 
    
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