Public Pedagogy of Everyday Objects & Spaces: Table Talk

Deodorant. It’s a western norm. I wear deodorant and antiperspirant to avoid the giant, armpit rings and smell that comes with daily activity. It’s part of our cultural conventions. Cleanliness, I have been told, is next to godliness. At what price this cleanliness? According to EGW’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Allergies/immunotoxicity
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Cancer
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • etc.

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