S2E9: Body Hair
Why do we remove our body hair? Why do humans have less hair than our primate cousins? And why was Darwin obsessed with beards?
Featuring Rebecca Herzig, author of “Plucked: A History of Hair Removal.” Pick it up here: https://amzn.to/3Csj819
Citations and further reading:
- Sorry David Attenborough, we didn’t evolve from ‘aquatic apes’ – here’s why by Alice Roberts and Mark Maslin, The Conversation (2016)
- The Erotic Endurance of Whale Hips by Carl Zimmer, National Geographic (2014)
- Women may be hardwired to prefer pink by Roxanne Khamsi, New Scientist (2007)
- Hurlbert, A. C., & Ling, Y. (2007). Biological components of sex differences in color preference. Current Biology
- Herzig, R. (1999). Removing Roots: “North American Hiroshima Maidens” and the X Ray. Technology and Culture. JSTOR.
- Herzig, R. M. (2000). The Woman beneath the Hair: Treating Hypertrichosis, NWSA Journal. JSTOR.
- Herzig, R. (2008). Subjected to the Current: Batteries, Bodies, and the Early History of Electrification in the United States. Journal of Social History. JSTOR.
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