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Plucked : a history of hair removal

Author: Rebecca M Herzig
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca M Herzig
ISBN: 9781479840823 1479840823 9781479852819 1479852813 9781479830657 1479830658
OCLC Number: 876883391
Description: vii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Necessary suffering --
The hairless Indian : savagery and civility before the Civil War --
"Chemicals of the toilette" : from homemade remedies to a new industrial order --
Bearded women and dog-faced men : Darwin's great denudation --
"Smooth, white, velvety skin" : x-ray salons and social mobility --
Glandular trouble : sex hormones and deviant hair growth --
Unshaven : "arm-pit feminists" and women's liberation --
"Cleaning the basement" : labor, pornography, and Brazilian waxing --
Magic bullets : laser regulation and elective medicine --
"The next frontier" : genetic enhancement and the end of hair --
Conclusion: We are all plucked.
Series Title: Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Other Titles: History of hair removal
Responsibility: Rebecca M. Herzig.
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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  Read more...

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