Spare Rib magazine issue 018


The politics of hair (both the wanted and unwanted kind) has exercised the minds of many feminists throughout the 1970s, 80s and beyond. Through articles and features, Spare Rib explored the cultural history of hair and covered some of the practical issues of haircare. In the 1970s when long hair was all the rage, what did it mean for a woman to cut her hair short?

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Spare Rib magazine issue 018
December 1973
Spare Rib Collective
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Issue 18 pp 15, 16 A weight off my head; P 15 photograph of Karen Durbin; P 16 photograph of hairstyles.
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