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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