Episode 35: Let it Grow – Body Hair Stigma and the Fight against it

Grab all your pre-Christmas chocolate and cookies and listen to Liz and Bea discuss (gendered) body hair, the history of its removal and the fight against body hair stigma.

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Ajaka, Nadine. “The Casualties of Women’s War on Body Hair.” The Atlantic, February 8, 2017. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/02/the-casualties-of-womens-war-on-body-hair/514983/.

“Dispelling Beauty Myths: Body Hair.” Allure Videos. Accessed November 18, 2018. https://video.allure.com/watch/dispelling-beauty-myths-body-hair.

“French Women Are Breaking The Body Hair Stigma On Twitter.” Grazia, July 13, 2016. https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/real-life/underarm-body-hair-stigma-twitter/.

Herzig, Rebecca M. “America’s Hair-Removal Insanity | Salon.Com,” February 15, 2015. https://www.salon.com/2015/02/15/americas_hair_removal_insanity/.

———. Plucked: A History of Hair Removal. New York: NYU Press, 2015.

Hickman, Janell M. “3 Girls Share Why They Are EMBRACING Their Facial and Body Hair.” Teen Vogue. Accessed November 18, 2018. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/girls-challenging-body-and-facial-hair-stigma.

“How Living in Paris Made Me Way Less Self-Conscious About Body Hair | Glamour.” Accessed November 18, 2018. https://www.glamour.com/story/french-beauty-body-hair.

“How to Deal with the Misguided Stigma Against Women’s Body Hair.” Everyday Feminism, September 16, 2015. https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/09/dealing-with-body-hair-stigma/.

Mansoor, Maryam. “The Stigma About Body Hair – What’s The Big Deal?” Feminism In India(blog), April 11, 2017. https://feminisminindia.com/2017/04/12/stigma-body-hair/.

Moore, Tracy. “400 Years of Women Removing Their Body Hair.” Jezebel. Accessed November 18, 2018. https://jezebel.com/5969490/400-years-of-women-removing-their-body-hair.

“PODCAST: From Academia to Pop Culture to Body Hair, Porn Culture Has Permeated Almost Every Aspect of Our Lives.” Feminist Current(blog), February 22, 2017. https://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/02/22/podcast-academia-pop-culture-body-hair-porn-culture-permeated-almost-every-aspect-lives/.

Savini, Loren. “The Complex History of Women’s Body Hair and Hair Removal – Allure.” allure. Accessed November 18, 2018. https://www.allure.com/gallery/history-of-womens-body-hair-removal.

“The Stigma Surrounding Body Hair.” The Odyssey Online, May 30, 2016. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/stigma-body-hair.

“The Unusual and Deeply Sexist History of Women Removing Their Body Hair.” Accessed November 18, 2018. https://mic.com/articles/151191/the-unusual-and-deeply-sexist-history-of-women-removing-their-body-hair#.YXEhgyRzp.

“These Women Are Shattering The Stigma On Body Hair.” Accessed November 18, 2018. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/03/147544/teen-vogue-body-hair-polycystic-ovary-syndrome.

Vagianos, Alanna. “Poet Calls Out Our Culture’s Absurd Ideas About Body Hair.” Huffington Post, July 31, 2015, sec. Women. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/poet-calls-out-our-cultures-absurd-ideas-about-body-hair_us_55bb7c61e4b0b23e3ce24c33.

Wood, Fabia. “Body Hair: Why the Stigma?” Luna_fb(blog), November 20, 2017. https://medium.com/luna-fb/body-hair-why-the-stigma-15b54f2c457e.


Other Literature

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein: The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair

Breanne Fahs Perilous Patches and Pitstaches. Imagined Versus Lived Experiences of Women’s Body Hair Growth: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0361684313497924

Meredith Suzanne Dault: The Last Triangle: Sex, Money and the Politics of Pubic Hair  

Sarah Ramsey, Clare Sweeney, Michael Fraser and Gren Oades “Pubic Hair and Sexuality: A Review,” Journal of Sexual Medicine

Basow, Susan A. “The Hairless Ideal: Women and Their Body Hair.” Psychology of Women Quarterly 15 (1991) : 83-96

Anneke Smelik Radboud University Nijmegen A close shave: The taboo on female body hair. http://www.annekesmelik.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Hairless-Body_Smelik.pdf

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