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Preview — Fresh Lipstick by Linda M. 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 feminism's requisite style of dress, Fresh Lipstick argues that wearing high heels and using hair curlers does not deny you the right to seek a Fresh Lipstick shakes feminist fashion down to its Birkenstocks.
A pointed attack on feminism's 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 feminism's 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 movement's earliest days, hindering advances in women's 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 years of American dress history, Scott rips down feminism's 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 21st by St. Martin's Griffin first published January 15th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Fresh Lipstick , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Aug 09, Colleen rated it did not like it. In the words of Jarvis Cocker, "you got it so wrong. Jun 01, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. Why is feminism so often about control rather than freedom, and why has it been so obsessed with an anti-fashion, anti-beauty anti-sex agenda?
These are the questions addressed by American academic Linda M. I was surprised by this book. I was looking at the question of can you be fashionable and still be a feminist? I learned a great deal of the history of women in the United States, and the early feminists.
Her focus was not on the best known characters such as Susan B Anthony. We do get to learn about Anthony, particularly to understand her roots and the milieu which helped shape her ideas. Instead we meet working women from the earliest years of the United States and see how they shaped women's I was surprised by this book.
Instead we meet working women from the earliest years of the United States and see how they shaped women's experiences. We also get to see the great divide which carries through to today in the women's movement. The author's critique of the anti-fashion argument fits with my own experience with those writers, that there are many assertions without sufficient historical, or even scientific basis.
We even get to touch on subliminal advertising, and I learned a great deal. This is an academic work, but the writing is still clear and very readable. Jul 03, Aliah rated it really liked it. Discusses the background, history, and evolution of feminism. Focuses on how feminism impacted fashion and how fashion influenced feminism. Lengthy with excellent explanations. Plays devils advocate, exposing both viewpoints in an argument. Definitely worth reading. May 28, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction.
Solid research and really informative, but she kept criticizing 'feminism' and 'feminists' like they were all one big amorphous undifferentiated movement even though her book talks extensively about the work women of colour and working class women have done. Poor wording on her part, imo. She also seems to be working under the assumption that feminism has not changed since the second wave, but there's plenty of self identifying third wave feminists who have been arguing a lot of these same point Solid research and really informative, but she kept criticizing 'feminism' and 'feminists' like they were all one big amorphous undifferentiated movement even though her book talks extensively about the work women of colour and working class women have done.
She also seems to be working under the assumption that feminism has not changed since the second wave, but there's plenty of self identifying third wave feminists who have been arguing a lot of these same points: that one can be feminist and wear lipstick etc, for years in social media and blogs.
I do like her explanation of how certain branches of feminism became antithetical to fashion, but the tone of the book felt really weird to me. I found this to be completely fascinating and saw the sense in a lot of what she had to say. So basically I nodded a lot and it was like her preaching to the choir. Still, really interesting and I appreciated the different view of the women's right to vote, feminism and women's lib. Things make more sense now.
Aug 24, Simone Collins rated it really liked it Shelves: marketing-advertising , somewhat-educational , coolhunting , recreational-reading. What a fantastic book! This completely changed my conception of feminism. Definitely a must-read for anyone even slightly involved with or interested in the feminist movement- or any sort of social movement for that matter. Perhaps indirectly, this book details the difference between powerful idealists in social movements and those who actually make change happen.
Oct 31, Tonya rated it really liked it Shelves: mother-s-movement. A good read. Shows how feminists came to be associated with no makeup or shaving. Along the way you get a fascinating history lesson about feminism from Susan B Anthony to Gloria Steinem and beyond.
Jul 07, sally rated it liked it. I really liked this book - I thought the analysis was good and the topic was fascinating. Unfortunately, it's reallllly long. I wish there were a better option covering the topic and maybe there is by now. Feb 18, Jessica rated it it was amazing.
Um, so, I haven't read the whole thing. But I Um, so, I haven't read the whole thing. And I think she makes a good point in this book. Oct 18, Kim added it Shelves: partially-read , emac , read-in , fashion.
A pretty good read though the author does seem to make some unfair generalizations about academics. Mar 20, Patience rated it did not like it. Wasn't liking the author's writing style. Mar 05, Zue Jernstedt rated it liked it. Really enjoyed the information I got out of this book but found it a bit dry. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Linda M.
Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism
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