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The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein


This is an academic book on women and body hair, a subject which has, until now, been seen as too trivial, ridiculous or revolting to write about. Even feminist writers or researchers on the body have found remarkably little to say about body hair, usually not mentioning it at all. If women's body hair is noted, it is either simply to accept its removal as an inevitable aspect of female beautification, or to argue against hair removal as a return to a ‘natural’ and un-oppressed female body. The only texts to elaborate on body hair are guides on how to remove it, medical texts on ‘hirsutism’ or ... More

Keywords: women, body hair, beautification, hair removal, natural female body, hirsutism, fetishistic pornography, hairy women, Western culture, femininity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719075001
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719075001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, author