Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism. Linda M. Scott

ISBN: 9781403966865

Published: January 15th 2005

Hardcover

358 pages


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Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism.  by  Linda M. Scott

Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism. by Linda M. Scott
January 15th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 358 pages | ISBN: 9781403966865 | 6.38 Mb

Fresh Lipstick shakes feminist fashion down to its Birkenstocks. Linda M. Scott wants to put an end to the belief that American women have to wear a colorless, shapeless uniform to achieve liberation and equality. A pointed attack on feminismsMoreFresh Lipstick shakes feminist fashion down to its Birkenstocks. Linda M. Scott wants to put an end to the belief that American women have to wear a colorless, shapeless uniform to achieve liberation and equality.

A pointed attack on feminisms requisite style of dress, Fresh Lipstick argues that wearing high heels and using hair curlers does not deny you the right to seek advancement, empowerment, and equality. Scott asserts that judging someone on her fashion choices is as detrimental to advancement as judgments based on race, nationality, or social class.

Fashion is an important mode of personal expression, not an indication of submission. She demonstrates that feminisms dogged reduction of fashion to sexual objectification has been motivated by a desire to control other women, not free them. This push for power has produced endless conflict from the movements earliest days, hindering advances in womens rights by promoting exclusion. It is time for the plain Jane dress code of the revolution to be lifted, allowing all women to lead, even those wearing makeup and Manolos.

Marching through 150 years of American dress history, Scott rips down feminisms favorite positions on fashion-from the power of images to the purpose of makeup. The illustrative examples-from flappers to Twiggy to body-piercing-are often poignant, occasionally infuriating, but always illuminating and thought-provoking. With Fresh Lipstick, Linda Scott gives women the ammunition to settle the fashion debate once and for all.

She challenges feminists to move beyond appearances and to return their focus to the true mission of the movement: equality for all women everywhere.



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