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Dressed for Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox

Abstract

This book examines how fashion became an important vehicle for expressing modern gender identities and promoting feminist ideas during the long twentieth century. Arguing against narratives that view fashion only as an oppressive force, it demonstrates how different groups of women used clothes in empowering ways that allowed them to experience and express new freedoms. Especially for those who were barred from positions of power due to their class or race, the rise of mass media and culture turned fashion into an accessible route to advance claims over their bodies, femininity, and social rol ... More

Keywords: cultural aspects of feminism, fashion, politics, everyday feminist practice, consumer culture, freedom, gender identity, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044014
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044014.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, author
Case Western Reserve University