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Hair or Bare?: The History of American Women and Hair Removal, 1914-1934 - Kirsten Hansen Thesis

Hair or Bare?: The History of American Women and Hair Removal, 1914-1934 - Kirsten Hansen Thesis

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"Hair or Bare?: The History of American Women and Hair Removal, 1914-1934

Kirsten Hansen

Senior Thesis in American Studies Barnard College, Columbia University Thesis Advisor: Professor Rosenberg 18 April 2007"
Shared here to encourage questioning of "cultural" norms.

"Hair or Bare?: The History of American Women and Hair Removal, 1914-1934

Kirsten Hansen

Senior Thesis in American Studies Barnard College, Columbia University Thesis Advisor: Professor Rosenberg 18 April 2007"

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Hair or Bare?:The History of American Women and Hair Removal, 1914-1934Kirsten Hansen
Senior Thesis in American StudiesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityThesis Advisor: Professor Rosenberg18 April 2007
 
 
Introduction
I came to write this thesis because of a personal curiosity about hair removal andits origins. Among my female friends hair removal is considered an annoying, arduous,often painful, but necessary ritual. Most insist on removing leg hair before putting on askirt or shorts, and balk at the thought of wearing a bathing suit without shaving orwaxing the bikini line. Hair removal is considered so essential to some of these womenthat they refuse to participate in daily activities such as exercising or going on a date if they have not paid proper attention to removing their body hair. Furthermore, hairremoval is generally considered to be a timeless ritual, or at least one that all Americanwomen have always practiced. Through my research, however, I discovered that hairremoval is not an ancient tradition, nor is it an isolated behavior. Hair removal wasintroduced first in the nineteen teens and twenties, and coincided with a momentouschange in the definition of the American feminine ideal.In
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls
, historian JoanJacobs Brumberg argues that females today organize their self-perception around theiroutward appearance, in contrast to women of earlier generations, and emphasizes theimportance of the 1920s in transforming the feminine ideal from the Victorian model toour modern concept of femininity. Indeed, it was largely the 1920s that brought about aprofound alteration in the perception and definition of the female body:The 1920s…encouraged a massive ‘unveiling’ of the female body, whichmeant that certain body parts were bared and displayed in ways that theyhad never been before. This new freedom to display the body was

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