This week on From the Vault we listen to a curious recording from 1985 entitled Female Beauty Rituals, which was produced by an outstanding team at Pacifica radio station KPFA in Berkeley: Corless Smith, Ginny Z. Berzon and Michael Yoshida. This documentary on the social role of ‘beautification,’ playfully presented through the eyes of a Martian correspondent, includes interviews with fashion consultants Pat Kwan, Deborah Matthews, and Monique Montgomery; podiatrists Dr. Margaret Lowe and Dr. Ruth Wood; and Robin Lakoff, author of Face Value: the Politics of Beauty. We end this episode of From the Vault with a short selection from a 1991 lecture and interview with author Naomi Wolf, author of the groundbreaking feminist book, The Beauty Myth.
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.
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