The Last Taboo : Women and Body Hair, Paperback / softback Book

The Last Taboo : Women and Body Hair Paperback / softback

Edited by Karin Lesnik-Oberstein


This is the first academic book ever written on women and body hair, which has been seen until now 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 ignoring it completely.

It would appear that the only texts to elaborate on body hair are guides on how to remove it, medical texts on 'hirsutism', or fetishistic pornography on 'hairy' women.

The last taboo also questions how and why any particular issue can become defined as 'self-evidently' too silly or too mad to write about.

Using a wide range of thinking from gender theory, queer theory, critical and literary theory, history, art history, anthropology and psychology, the contributors argue that in fact body hair plays a central role in constructing masculinity and femininity and sexual and cultural identities.

It is sure to provide many academic researchers with a completely fresh perspective on all of the fields mentioned above. -- .


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780719083235



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