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Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism.

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Fresh Lipstick shakes feminist fashion down to its Birkenstocks. Linda M. Scott wants to put an end to the belief that American women have to wear a colorless, shapeless uniform to achieve liberation and equality. A pointed attack on feminism's requisite style of dress, Fresh Lipstick argues that wearing high heels and using hair curlers does not deny you the right to seek ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published January 15th 2005 by Palgrave MacMillan
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Aug 09, 2014 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the words of Jarvis Cocker, "you got it so wrong."
Jun 01, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why is feminism so often about control rather than freedom, and why has it been so obsessed with an anti-fashion, anti-beauty anti-sex agenda? These are the questions addressed by American academic Linda M. Scott in Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism.
Dec 11, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by this book. I was looking at the question of can you be fashionable and still be a feminist? I learned a great deal of the history of women in the United States, and the early feminists. Her focus was not on the best known characters such as Susan B Anthony. We do get to learn about Anthony, particularly to understand her roots and the milieu which helped shape her ideas. Instead we meet working women from the earliest years of the United States and see how they shaped women's ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Aliah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discusses the background, history, and evolution of feminism. Focuses on how feminism impacted fashion and how fashion influenced feminism. Lengthy with excellent explanations. Plays devils advocate, exposing both viewpoints in an argument. Definitely worth reading.

"Feminism and fashion are both part of the commerce of women's culture and thus are difficult to clearly separate." (127)

"The ability to control what is fashionable is a form of power women yield over each other." (127)

"The women with
May 28, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Solid research and really informative, but she kept criticizing 'feminism' and 'feminists' like they were all one big amorphous undifferentiated movement even though her book talks extensively about the work women of colour and working class women have done. Poor wording on her part, imo. She also seems to be working under the assumption that feminism has not changed since the second wave, but there's plenty of self identifying third wave feminists who have been arguing a lot of these same point ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Shelley rated it really liked it
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I found this to be completely fascinating and saw the sense in a lot of what she had to say. So basically I nodded a lot and it was like her preaching to the choir. Still, really interesting and I appreciated the different view of the women's right to vote, feminism and women's lib. Things make more sense now. *g*
Simone Collins
What a fantastic book! This completely changed my conception of feminism. Definitely a must-read for anyone even slightly involved with or interested in the feminist movement- or any sort of social movement for that matter. Perhaps indirectly, this book details the difference between powerful idealists in social movements and those who actually make change happen.
Jul 07, 2008 sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book - I thought the analysis was good and the topic was fascinating. Unfortunately, it's reallllly long. I wish there were a better option covering the topic (and maybe there is by now).
Oct 31, 2007 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Shows how feminists came to be associated with no makeup or shaving. Along the way you get a fascinating history lesson about feminism from Susan B Anthony to Gloria Steinem and beyond.
Feb 18, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um, so, I haven't read the whole thing. But I <3 Linda Scott, like, personally. And I think she makes a good point in this book.
A pretty good read though the author does seem to make some unfair generalizations about academics.
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