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College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now

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Publisher Comments:

The author of Pink Think takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl.

A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as "Sex Kittens Go to College" (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men's magazines.

As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women's history and popular culture — peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s — in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity. 75 illustrations, 8 pages of color.

Review:

"Will her B.A. ruin her chances for an M-r-s.? Will too much study endanger her procreative organs? And if higher education is truly safe for a young woman, what sort of curriculum is appropriate? Greek and Latin? Home economics? According to Peril (Pink Think), in this history of women in colleges, ever since the first young ladies went off to their 'dame schools' in early America, people have been debating such questions. Underlying these mentionable fears was one more worrisome: who would protect a girl's virtue when she lived away from home, surrounded by hormonal young men? As Peril makes clear, throughout history '[a]dults inevitably get their granny-sized panties in a bunch when it comes to the sexcapades of the younger generation.' True, she's focused on prescriptive material more than the actual experiences of co-eds in various eras, but it's eye-opening to see how consistently advice-givers and advertisers have played on the same few anxieties regarding the female student. The material that Peril has included on student experiences — particularly the stories of women at historically black colleges — helps balance the text. Peril's witty, irreverent style, her generous use of old advertisements and photos and her careful footnotes make this text unusually user-friendly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Peril examines representations of the "college girl" in US history in books and magazines, student handbooks, and other materials. She considers what societal images have been like since the beginnings of women's access to higher education in the nineteenth century to the women's movement and the atmosphere today. Along the way, she discusses collegiate fashion, campus rules, courses of study and how this choice affected ideas about women, recommendations regarding the physical health of co-eds, and the idea of finding a husband at college. The book lacks an index. Peril is the author of Pink Think: How to Become a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons and founder and editor of the online zine Mystery Date. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The author of takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl.

Synopsis:

A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men's magazines.

As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women's history and popular culture--peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s--in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity.

Synopsis:

Peril combines women's history and popular culture--peppered with delightful examples of "femoribilia" from the turn of the 20th century through the 1970s--in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity. 75 illustrations.

About the Author

Lynn Perilis the founder and editor of the online 'zine Mystery Date. She lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393327151
Author:
Peril, Lynn
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Education, Higher -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Women -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 in 1.13 lb

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Product details 416 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393327151 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Will her B.A. ruin her chances for an M-r-s.? Will too much study endanger her procreative organs? And if higher education is truly safe for a young woman, what sort of curriculum is appropriate? Greek and Latin? Home economics? According to Peril (Pink Think), in this history of women in colleges, ever since the first young ladies went off to their 'dame schools' in early America, people have been debating such questions. Underlying these mentionable fears was one more worrisome: who would protect a girl's virtue when she lived away from home, surrounded by hormonal young men? As Peril makes clear, throughout history '[a]dults inevitably get their granny-sized panties in a bunch when it comes to the sexcapades of the younger generation.' True, she's focused on prescriptive material more than the actual experiences of co-eds in various eras, but it's eye-opening to see how consistently advice-givers and advertisers have played on the same few anxieties regarding the female student. The material that Peril has included on student experiences — particularly the stories of women at historically black colleges — helps balance the text. Peril's witty, irreverent style, her generous use of old advertisements and photos and her careful footnotes make this text unusually user-friendly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The author of takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl.
"Synopsis" by , A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men's magazines.

As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women's history and popular culture--peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s--in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity.
"Synopsis" by , Peril combines women's history and popular culture--peppered with delightful examples of "femoribilia" from the turn of the 20th century through the 1970s--in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity. 75 illustrations.
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