The Cutting Edge
TitleThe Cutting Edge
DirectorGabrielle Bown
CountryUK
Year1986
Duration7mins
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionWomen's body hair on public display is the subject of this short, quirky video, which presents an incisive analysis of the media taboos surrounding this issue. 'Horror' music interspersed with a male voice-over accompanies almost brutal images of women plucking, shaving and waxing themselves. This tongue-in-cheek video raises questions around the myth of the eternally smooth and hairless woman and the reality of the process necessary to conform to this ideal.