About the Project

Hairy Tales, a thirty minute videotape by Debra Levine, examined the issues and taboos surrounding women’s body hair. Revealing how the beauty industry distorts physical differences among women, the video challenged widely accepted standards of feminine beauty and exposed the threat posed to women’s health and self-esteem as a result of these constructed concerns about body hair.


Hairy Tales was shown at seven locations, including health clinics, women’s locker rooms, and women’s centers in all five boroughs. Sites included Columbia University, Queens College, Education Alliance/Emmanuel Midtown YM-YWHA, Staten Island University Hospital, the Brooklyn YMCA, and the Manhattan Plaza Health Club.




Debra Levine

Hairy Tales