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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822337347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822337348
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,688,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pin-ups that women love? That they create? Yes! In her brilliantly vibrant debut book, Maria Elena Buszek gives a lucid, rich, and thorough account of a nineteenth- and twentieth-century history in which women employ the power of erotic imagery to celebrate themselves. From the writing to the reproductions, Pin-up Grrrls is eye-opening." Joanna Frueh, performance artist and author of Swooning Beauty: A Memoir of Pleasure Pin-Up Grrrls is a funny, sexy, political take on the pin-up. In this book, women flaunt their sexuality, use images of themselves to their own ends, and remake the pin-up genre in endlessly creative ways."--Susie Bright, author of Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie "One brand of contemporary feminism casts women as external victims: all sex is rape, apparently, and all representations of female sexuality are merely for the delectation of men. Pin-Up Grrrls challenges this one dimensional view, showing how feminism and the pin-up--to some extent at least--walked hand in hand."--Times Literary Supplement, 3 November 2006

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Maria Elena Buszek is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute and a regular contributor to "Bust "magazine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2010
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This is a very useful, and fascinating cultural study.
The product details above pretty much give you an idea of the ground Buszek covers; she explores how women in the theatre, and later in other roles, such as art and the suffrage movement, used, - indeed virtually invented - the pin-up first as a publicity tool, then as an example of the "new woman" during the first quarter of the 20th century. She examines the inter-relationship of the pin-up with the cinema and the way this effected how women saw themselves as their roles in society changed; (an interesting piece of information she unearthed was the high level of women who both read "Esquire" magazine and voiced their approval of, and identification with, the pin-up art it featured).
With the end of the war and the deliberate reduction of women's opportunities in the workplace, the rise of "Playboy" (an avowed male only publication) and the passive, "sex symbol" nature of pin-ups of this period reveal how the form was used to support the social conservatism and aggressively patriarchal climate of the late 50`s and early 60`s - the main reason for the pin-ups negative image which sadly, in some quarters, still exists today. Buszek continues her narrative to reveal how some women have reclaimed the form and have successfully employed pin-ups for witty and insightful feminist ends in the ongoing struggle for an equal society.
Buszek`s writing style employs a smattering of politico-feminist jargon and artspeak, as one might expect from a book dealing with a subject such as this, but it is a fairly readable volume; the wealth of information and illuminating insights it provides are well worth your time.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bubblesarah on 7 Sept. 2008
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this book was something I discovered whilst studying how women are represented in art and culture. An interesting insight and makes feminism less scarey because it doesn't hold the old fashion pricipals and ideas of the movement. It is honest and there is no man bashing!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hudson on 9 Jan. 2013
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I have no review to add as it was a gift for my sister, she asked me to get it for her
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An important and entertaining book 21 Aug. 2006
By Elizabeth Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who doubts what a study of pin-ups might have to offer, prepare to be convinced otherwise! Buszek has composed a rich analysis of her subject, which while full of original ideas on the topic never loses sight of the fact that it's a book about pin-ups, images created to titilate and delight. The author's subtlety in interpreting the history of the pin-up, which turns out to be much longer than we might have thought, enables her to extract a number of fascinating threads which connect the genre to contemporary feminist art. It is a compelling and novel approach on a fascinating, under-researched topic. Buszek leaves her reader with a deeper understanding of the pin-up as a genre and of the feminist movement overall. A must-read for anyone interested in either topic, not to mention pop culture in general.
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An amazingly complex and enjoyable history 2 May 2010
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The book is a really exciting, amazingly thorough history of the pin-up genre from the feminist point-of-view. Both as a feminist philosopher and model photographer I found it and extraorinarily useful.

Of course, if you decide to read this book, you have to prepare yourself for a vast intellectual challenge. It is a complex weave of very different thoughts; the chapters are regulary cross-references so you have to keep many things is mind.

It could have been made a bit even more enjoyable with two things. First of all, there are several dozens of pages at the end of the book -- at this quantity, these would have been much more useful as footnotes. Secondly, much more pictures would have been much better. Parargraph-long description of pin-up pictures would be unnecessary if the reader could see the pictures itself.
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Who would NOT like a book about pin-ups? 2 Sept. 2009
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, technical this is a book of feminism, starting in the 19th Century and following the history all the way up to the 21st Century. What do Pin-Ups have to do with it? Well, Pin-Ups were created about the time women's rights started to become an issue. In other words Pin-Ups and suffrage developed side by side. And Pin-Ups became a mirror to reflect America's, and the world's, ideas and images of women. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, Pin-Ups became a way to measure how far women had come. Or how far they still had to go. Maria Elena Buszek has made a book that is a must for anybody interested in history, culture, or Pin-Ups.
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Can't wait to read 9 April 2013
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as soon as i seen this book i knew it was for me. starting to get into learning more about womens rights and i think this is just wonderful.
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