Hope In A Jar

Author: Kathy Peiss
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812205749
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How did powder and paint, once scorned as immoral, become indispensable to millions of respectable women? How did a "kitchen physic," as homemade cosmetics were once called, become a multibillion-dollar industry? And how did men finally take over that rarest of institutions, a woman's business? In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us the first full-scale social history of America's beauty culture, from the buttermilk and rice powder recommended by Victorian recipe books to the mass-produced products of our contemporary consumer age. She shows how women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life. And she highlights the leading role of white and black women—Helena Rubenstein and Annie Turnbo Malone, Elizabeth Arden and Madame C. J. Walker—in shaping a unique industry that relied less on advertising than on women's customs of visiting and conversation. Replete with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, Hope in a Jar is a richly textured account of the ways women created the cosmetics industry and cosmetics created the modern woman.

Hope In A Jar

Author: Kathy Peiss
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805055517
Size: 19.87 MB
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Chronicles the use of cosmetics by women, describing the way their motivations have changed over history and how the concept of beauty has been redefined.

Hope In A Jar

Author: Beth Harbison
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429925469
Size: 13.91 MB
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Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable...until a vicious rumor about Olivia— a rumor too close to the truth—ended their friendship. Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she's lonely, and is finally ready to face her demons. Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises. Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love's Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific." Hope in a Jar: we all need it.

Major Problems In The History Of American Sexuality

Author: Kathy Lee Peiss
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 039590384X
Size: 13.57 MB
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The book—which is suitable for courses on the history of American sexuality, gender studies, or gay and lesbian studies—presents a carefully selected group of readings organized to allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.

Venus Envy

Author: Elizabeth Haiken
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 080186254X
Size: 19.64 MB
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"Haiken has written a humane, balanced history of cosmetic surgery, drawing with sensitivity and deftness on impressive archival sources, including surgeons' folders on prospective patients... Her book is a first-class exercise in medical history, raising intriguing questions about normalization, ideological manipulation, gender, ethnicity, and the profit motive in medicine." -- Richard Davenport-Hines, Nature "What makes Venus Envy such an enthralling read is that alongside a host of macabre and 'no -- really!' stories... there is a hugely intelligent and perceptive analysis of American culture and history going on." -- London Times Face lifts, nose jobs, breast implants, liposuction, collagen injections -- the body at the end of the twentieth century has become endlessly mutable, and surgical alteration has become an accepted part of American culture. In Venus Envy, Elizabeth Haiken traces the quest for physical perfection through surgery from the turn of the century to the present. Drawing on a wide array of sources -- personal accounts, medical records, popular magazines, medical journals, and beauty guides -- Haiken reveals how our culture came to see cosmetic surgery as a panacea for both individual and social problems. "An informative, often engaging account of the history of cosmetic surgery in the United States." -- Parade Magazine "Original, well-researched, and a pleasure to read. It constitutes an astute analysis of the modern commodification of the body and the role of the medical profession in such developments." -- Roy Porter, Times Higher Education Supplement "This is an important book, raising provocative questions about the ubiquity of cosmetic surgery in our culture... I'll certainly draw on its insights when counseling patients considering cosmetic surgery." -- Janet E. Shepherd, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association "An entertaining history and serious analysis of the tensions among professional medicine, entrepreneurial practitioners, and the mutable ideal of beauty that reminds us how unchanging is the American search for self-improvement... If Venus Envy is a history of cosmetic surgery, it is equally a political history of beauty." -- Sharon Lieberman, Women's Review of Books

Love Across The Color Line

Author: Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 1558490248
Size: 10.69 MB
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This work examines the collection of 27 letters written by a white woman to her African American lover in 1907 and 1908. The letters, which were hidden for over 80 years, provide a different perspective of American social history and are accompanied by essays which probe their larger meanings.