College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now

College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now

by Lynn Peril

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College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now by Lynn Peril

The author of Pink Think takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl.
A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men’s magazines.
As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women’s history and popular culture—peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s—in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327151
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lynn Peril is a secretary and the author of Pink Think, College Girls, and Swimming in the Steno Pool. She lives in Oakland, California.

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College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
verbafacio on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This book is fascinating and often infuriating, though it's because of the historical facts, not the author. I was appalled at some of the stereotypes and complete misunderstandings about women's abilities in the beginning of the last century. Peril peppers the historical information with chatty asides and great quotes from period literature. This is a must read for any woman who has ever been to college.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello. NOW GET OUT!!!