Rita Mae Brown on how and why women's appearance played a role in the early feminist rebellion

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Rita Mae Brown: Body Hair & Birkenstocks as Politics
Rita Mae Brown discusses the evolution of beauty ideals and feminism. While photography exposed people to all kinds of ideas of women's beauty beyond high society and royalty, Rita acknowledges that our beauty ideals remain heavily tied to wealth.

The feminist stereotype -- body hair, no makeup, short haircuts, and frumpy clothes -- evolved from an early rebellion against the traditional notions of beauty, appearance, and wealth. However, these were simply tools and symbols for the greater goal of women's empowerment and equality.

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Rita Mae Brown on how and why women's appearance played a role in the early feminist rebellion
A Pakistani Muslim devotee woman prays at the shrine of saint Mian Mir Sahib during the 368th death anniversary of the saint in Lahore on January 31, 2012. The famous saint was equally popular among the Muslim and Sikh religions, as Mian Mir went to Amritsar in December 1588 to lay the foundation stone of Sikh's holiest Golden Temple, which is commonly known as Sri Harminder Sahib. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

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