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Dr Kate Lister - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: The History of Pubic Hair

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One of the best (and scariest) things about Twitter is the instant feedback. I have posted all kinds of historical titbits, which have led to some fairly heated debates in the Twittersphere. But, no subject (not gay marriage, abortion, adultery or even Trump) causes the inflamed reactions that pubic hair does. It is inevitable, whenever I post an image of a woman with a full bush an argument ensues.

Interestingly, no one has ever commented on the state of a gentleman’s manscape as long as I have been tweeting them; but, a woman’s knicker whiskers will upset someone every time. When did this happen? When did our body hair, hair we have all got, hair that is supposed to be there, elicit the same levels of disgust as a matted hairball bunging up the plughole? Why have we become so anti-fuzz? To the point its regarded as un-natural or ‘gross’? Kate Lister is here to get to the root of the issue and trace pubic hair styles throughout history. From Roman 'pickatrixes' to medieval merkins and the infamous Brazilian wax, no pube will be left unturned in this talk on the history of the silent beard.

Dr. Kate Lister is a researcher at Leeds Trinity University in historical attitudes to sexuality and sex work. She is the curator of the online project and popular Twitter account @WhoresofYore where she tweets the history of illicit sex and works to promote sex worker rights and challenge stigma to over 79,000 followers. The Whores of Yore project is unique in its aims to create a space for academics, artists, sex workers and activists to collect their research, but at the moment, there is no academic, archival database for the study of sex work. Kate is on the board of the international sex work research hub and has published on the history of media narratives around sex work, the history of menstruation and sexual violence in historical dramas. She also accidentally outed Boris Johnson as a time travelling cross-dresser.

http://www.thewhoresofyore.com

Twitter - @WhoresofYore

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