Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture / Edition 1

Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Maria Elena Buszek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822337460

ISBN-13: 9780822337461

Pub. Date: 05/31/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Subverting stereotypical images of women, a new generation of feminist artists is remaking the pin-up, much as Annie Sprinkle, Cindy Sherman, and others did in the 1970s and 1980s. As shocking as contemporary feminist pin-ups are intended to be, perhaps more surprising is that the pin-up has been appropriated by women for their own empowerment since its inception

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Subverting stereotypical images of women, a new generation of feminist artists is remaking the pin-up, much as Annie Sprinkle, Cindy Sherman, and others did in the 1970s and 1980s. As shocking as contemporary feminist pin-ups are intended to be, perhaps more surprising is that the pin-up has been appropriated by women for their own empowerment since its inception more than a century ago. Pin-Up Grrrls tells the history of the pin-up from its birth, revealing how its development is intimately connected to the history of feminism. Maria Elena Buszek documents the genre’s 150-year history with more than 100 illustrations, many never before published.

Beginning with the pin-up’s origins in mid-nineteenth-century carte-de-visite photographs of burlesque performers, Buszek explores how female sex symbols, including Adah Isaacs Menken and Lydia Thompson, fought to exert control over their own images. Buszek analyzes the evolution of the pin-up through the advent of the New Woman, the suffrage movement, fanzine photographs of early film stars, the Varga Girl illustrations that appeared in Esquire during World War II, the early years of Playboy magazine, and the recent revival of the genre in appropriations by third-wave feminist artists. A fascinating combination of art history and cultural history, Pin-Up Grrrls is the story of how women have publicly defined and represented their sexuality since the 1860s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337461
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,144,015
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : defining/defending the "feminist pin-up"1
1Representing "awarishness" : the theatrical origins of the feminist pin-up girl27
2New women for the new century : feminism and the pin-up at the fin de siecle69
3The return of theatrical feminism : early-twentieth-century pin-ups on the stage, street, and screen115
4Celebrating the "kind of girl who dominates" : film fanzines and the feminist pin-up142
5New frontiers : sex, women, and World War II185
6Pop goes the pin-up : new roles and readings in the postwar era232
7Our bodies/ourselves : pin-ups in the wake of women's liberation268
8From womyn to grrrls : the postmodern feminist pin-up311

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