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The Resource Plucked : a history of hair removal, Rebecca M. Herzig

Plucked : a history of hair removal, Rebecca M. Herzig

Label
Plucked : a history of hair removal
Title
Plucked
Title remainder
a history of hair removal
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca M. Herzig
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Herzig, Rebecca M.
Dewey number
617.4/779
Index
index present
LC call number
RL92
LC item number
.H49 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hair
  • Hair
  • Body hair
  • Human body
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
Label
Plucked : a history of hair removal, Rebecca M. Herzig
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1313/2883754/image/lgcover.9781479840823.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1590615
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 287 pages
Isbn
9781479840823
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014027535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1590615
  • (OCoLC)876883391
Label
Plucked : a history of hair removal, Rebecca M. Herzig
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1313/2883754/image/lgcover.9781479840823.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1590615
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 287 pages
Isbn
9781479840823
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014027535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1590615
  • (OCoLC)876883391

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