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

Rita Mae Brown: Body Hair & Birkenstocks as Politics
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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