© 2021 WYPR
Fall 2021 Header
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal


We pluck, trim, wax and tweeze. From the clamshell razors of colonial America to the diode lasers of today, Bates College professor Rebecca Herzig traces the history of hair removal and illustrates how choices about hair – what we let grow, what we remove – have become a battleground over social norms and expectations. Her book is "Plucked: A History of Hair Removal."