How to Be Pretty in Iran

Mehrnoush Shafiei's grandmother Hamdam Farahani was the youngest of five daughters growing up in what is now part of Tehran, Iran. Born with blond hair and blue eyes, she was considered the most beautiful girl in the village – so beautiful that her mother took her to the public bath at night in order to dodge the evil… » 2/04/15 1:30pm 2/04/15 1:30pm

You Must Read This Passionate Manifesto on Women's Butt Hair

I keep saying I'm done writing or reading or thinking about the politics of body hair. I don't think the conversation should be retired — it still has merit in a feminist academic sense, and it certainly takes a financial and emotional toll on a lot of women (a burden that is not equally applied to men). But I just… » 2/12/14 4:15pm 2/12/14 4:15pm

Pubic Hair Grooming Injuries Have Increased Fivefold

In our time, uncertainty over What Should Be Done With Our Pubes has launched one thousand feminist think pieces (and, recently, a fleet of attention-seeking merkins to an American Apparel near you). In theory, I think the aestheticization of the hairless female body is interesting and quite telling. In practice,… » 1/20/14 5:45pm 1/20/14 5:45pm

This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Pubes

We'll probably be discussing pubic hair until there's a nuclear apocalypse and all the hair burns off our bodies. And with our skin frying in the sun, one woman will turn to another and say, "Well, I'm dying — but at least I look tan." At least that's how it feels to read yet another article about pubic hair, how… » 6/14/13 6:00pm 6/14/13 6:00pm

All The Cool Kids Are Getting Mustache Implants

A mustache is a man's best friend, at least according to the ironic novelty holiday gift table at Urban Outfitters that's always surrounded by giggling unsupervised tweens and mothers who don't know what to buy their adolescents for Christmas. While in the US the 'stache currently appeals to hipsters and Ron Swanson… » 11/29/12 11:40am 11/29/12 11:40am

1870s DIY Depilatory Creams Featured Lye And Arsenic

Household almanac Youman's Dictionary of Every-day Wants: Containing Twenty Thousand Receipts in Nearly Every Department of Human Effort offered some handy tips for at-home hair removal in 1872. You, too, can make "those substances which act upon the bulbous roots of the hairs, and destroy their vitality," provided… » 3/28/11 3:21pm 3/28/11 3:21pm