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glabrous

[′glab·rəs]
(biology)
Having a smooth surface; specifically, having the epidermis devoid of hair or down.
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The last fifty years or so have seen some resurgence in the normativity and popularity of glabrousness but, while the incremental diminution of hemlines in women's everyday fashion and beach attire has had a part to play, the function of glabrous skin as a signifier of high status and personal integrity has not been forgotten.
While this commentary runs the risk of framing glabrousness as a predominantly female concern, it is important to remain mindful of two points.
Central to the critique here are the conditions under which cultivated glabrousness becomes the surface-ready signifier of bodily emancipation, that is, the alleged material manifestation of an ordered and, therefore, conceivably legitimate social self.
If a conceivable upside of cultivated glabrousness is its capacity to signify bodily emancipation, to announce an individual's freedom from the shackles of social illegitimacy, then perhaps its concurrent capacity to reflect a certain disempowered complacency is a downside that brings us full circle.