Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the WeekOur Maarten has found time, between all the herds of customers frequenting ABC Amsterdam’s top floor today, to mail in a new Weird Book of the Week!

(Just slash-ignore the whole fact that it’s not a weekly, but more of a biennial thing. Weird Book of the Biennial Persuasion doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it now…)

In any case, here for you to have a gander at, Maarten presents:

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal - Rebecca M. Herzig

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal by Rebecca M. Herzig.

“In Plucked, historian Rebecca Herzig addresses … questions about hair removal. She shows how, over time, dominant American beliefs about visible hair changed: where once elective hair removal was considered a mutilation practiced primarily by savage men, by the turn of the twentieth century, hair-free faces and limbs were expected for women. Visible hair growth – particularly on young, white women – came to be perceived as a sign of political extremism, sexual deviance, or mental illness. By the turn of the twenty-first century, more and more Americans were waxing, threading, shaving, or lasering themselves smooth.”

It’s hot off the press, there’s only one copy, and you can only find it in ABC Amsterdam’s White Room. Go!