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Beards and Mustaches

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Because facial hair is strongly associated with masculinity, beards and mustaches carry powerful and complex cultural meanings. Growing a beard or mustache, or being clean-shaven, can communicate information about religion, sexual identity,...

Hair and Male (Homo) Sexuality

Shaun Cole

Shaun Cole is Curator of Design at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hair : Styling, Culture and Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

Book chapter

...Gender, according to Judith Butler (1990a), is a performance. She proposes that we do not have any fixed or given gender identity that informs our behaviour; rather that behaviour is our gender. Butler argues: ‘There is no gender identity...

The Big Shave

Hair : Styling, Culture and Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

Book chapter

...A young man enters the white aseptic space of his bathroom, applies a creamy handful of Rapid Shave to his face and neck and commences his daily depilation. As he draws the razor repeatedly over his skin, dapples of blood appear and, before...

Fitrah: Temporary and Permanent Body Modifications for Muslims

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The term fitrah, a precise equivalent for which does not exist in English, has been variously translated as that which is innate or instinctive, is determined by nature, derives from creation, or is in accordance with the true faith, which...