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IS FASHION A WOMAN'S RIGHT? Reprint. Carolyn Beckingham. Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2014. First published 2005. 286 pp. with 6 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2004-26129 ISBN 9781845192136 In English.
Publisher's description: From a feminist rather than a postfeminist point of view, this book addresses the evidence for the widespread belief that enjoyment of fashion is necessarily inconsistent with feminist values. It begins by establishing that many feminists in fact hold this belief and argues that disagreeing does not mean claiming that feminism was unnecessary or that it is now rendered redundant by changing social mores. The author describes the historical background as applied to both men's and women's clothing in various cultures. By examining the alleged symbolism of particular fashions and meanings attached to the concepts of "nature" and "creativity," the book then rebuts the main antifashion arguments by exploring the issues of personal freedom and political correctness, the claims that fashion makes women sex objects for men, and the charge that the subject is too trivial to merit serious discussion. Allegations of links between fashion and pornography are explored, and the disagreements between feminists on this topic are set out. Finally, the issue of dressing for special occasions and whether this practice has a place in the modern world is addressed with candor.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 163791
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