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Contents Introduction: Necessary Suffering 1 1. The Hairless Indian: Savagery and Civility before the Civil War 19 2. "Chemicals of the Toilette": From Homemade Remedies to a New Industrial Order 35 3. Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin's Great Denudation 55 4. "Smooth, White, Velvety Skin": X-Ray Salons and Social Mobility 75 5. Glandular Trouble: Sex Hormones and Deviant Hair Growth 99 6. Unshaven: "Arm-Pit Feminists" and Women's Liberation 115 7. "Cleaning the Basement": Labor, Pornography, and Brazilian Waxing 135 8. Magic Bullets: Laser Regulation and Elective Medicine 153 9. "The Next Frontier": Genetic Enhancement and the End of Hair 171 Conclusion: We Are All Plucked 187 Acknowledgments 193 Notes 199 Index 275 About the Author 287

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Rebecca M. Herzig is Christian A. Johnson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Bates College. Her previous work includes Suffering for Science: Reason and Sacrifice in Modern America and, with Evelynn Hammonds, The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics.


"A brilliant exploration of American preoccupations, irrationalities and inconsistencies in our perceptions of body hair. Rebecca Herzig will convince you that how we have hair on our bodies may not really matter, but how we have hair on our minds definitely does."-Rachel P. Maines,author of The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria", Vibrators, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction

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