Bodies of Subversion traces the history of women and tattoo in Western society from the early 1880s to the present, charting the special significance tattooing has for women as a powerfully transgressive form of self-expression. In this provocative work full of intriguing female characters from tattoo history, Margot Mifflin makes a persuasive case for the tattooed woman as an emblem of female self-expression. Susan Faludi
Margot Mifflin writes about women, art, and contemporary culture. The author of "Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo," she has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Believer, and Salon.com. Mifflin is an associate professor in the English Department of Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY)and directs the Arts and Culture program at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, where she also teaches.
Her book, "The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman" was published by The University of Nebraska in 2009. The TLS called it "an important and engrossing book, which reveals as much about the appetites and formulas of emerging mass culture as it does about tribal cultures in nineteenth-century America."