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Playboy was more than a magazine filled with pictures of nude women and advice on how to mix the perfect martini. Indeed, the magazine's vision of sexual liberation, high living, and "the good life" came to define mainstream images of postwar life. In exploring the history of America's most widely read and influential men's magazine, Elizabeth Fraterrigo hones in on the values, style, and gender formulations put forth in its pages and how they gained widespread currency in American culture. She shows that for Hugh Hefner, the "good life" meant the freedom to choose a lifestyle, and the one he promoted was the "playboy life," in which expensive goods and sexually available women were plentiful, obligations were few, and if one worked hard enough, one could enjoy abundant leisure and consumption. In support of this view, Playboy attacked early marriage, traditional gender arrangements, and sanctions against premarital sex, challenging the conservatism of family-centered postwar society. And despite the magazine's ups and downs, significant features of this "playboy life" have become engrained in American society.

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Elizabeth Fraterrigo is Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195386103
Author:
Fraterrigo, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Fraterrigo
Author:
null, Elizabeth
Subject:
Social change -- United States -- History.
Subject:
United States Social conditions 1945-
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Pornography
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
History, American | Cultural
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 b/w halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.275 lb

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