Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (Biopolitics)

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (Biopolitics)

Rebecca M. Herzig


From the clamshell razors and do-it-yourself lye depilatories utilized in colonial the US to the diode lasers and prescription prescribed drugs to be had at the present time, americans have used a miraculous array of instruments to take away hair deemed ugly, unnatural, or excessive.  this is often real specifically for girls and women; conservative estimates point out that ninety nine% of yankee girls have attempted hair removing, and at the very least eighty five% usually get rid of hair from their faces, armpits, legs, and bikini traces frequently. How and whilst does hair turn into a problem—what makes a few progress “excessive”?  Who or what separates the required from the superfluous?

In Plucked, Rebecca Herzig exhibits how, over the years, dominant American ideals approximately seen hair changed:  the place as soon as non-obligatory hair elimination was once thought of a “mutilation” practiced essentially by way of “savage” males, via the flip of the 20th century, hair-free faces and limbs have been anticipated for ladies. obvious hair growth—particularly on younger, white women—came to be perceived as an indication of political extremism, sexual deviance, or psychological illness.  by way of the flip of the twenty-first century, an increasing number of americans have been waxing, threading, shaving, or lasering themselves soft. Herzig’s impressive account additionally finds many of the collateral damages of the intensifying pursuit of hair-free skin.  relocating past the reviews of specific sufferers or consumers, Herzig describes the mind-blowing histories of race, technology, undefined, and drugs in the back of latest hair-removing instruments.  Plucked is an unsettling, gripping, and unique story of the lengths to which american citizens will visit get rid of hair.

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