Jo B. Paoletti

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My interest in the history of dress began in childhood, as I turned the pages of the illustrations in volume D (for Dress) in our World Book. Clothing has always seemed like the perfect window into the real lives of the past; studying what people wore gives us an intimate look into everyday life. For the last thirty years, I have been focusing on how our clothing conveys our gender, especially for children.

I have taught at the University of Maryland since 1976, first in the textiles department and later in American studies. My teaching areas are consumer culture, material culture and undergraduate research. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, train travel and reading -- sometimes all at the same time!

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Jo B. Paoletti I give full credit to Senator Rick Santorum, who questioned the morality of birth control when he was campaigning for the GOP nomination in 2012. So…moreI give full credit to Senator Rick Santorum, who questioned the morality of birth control when he was campaigning for the GOP nomination in 2012. So many people were asking, "didn't we settle that fifty years ago" and I had a hunch that we actually hadn't. So "Sex and Unisex" goes back to the 1960s and 1970s to find the roots of today's culture wars.(less)
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I have been reading etiquette books from the 1950s and 1960s. (Some aimed at children, some at teens.) A few are clearly school textbooks from health or home ec classes. I did not expect there to be so many etiquette books for children, and I sure didn’t expect so many to have been published in 1955. I was six, just beginning elementary school, and apparently the publishing world was already ta... Read more of this blog post »
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Marge Piercy
“The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.”
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Yoko Ono
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
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J.M. Barrie
“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Brandon Mull
“The curse of mortality. You spend the first portion of your life learning, growing stronger, more capable. And then, through no fault of your own, your body begins to fail. You regress. Strong limbs become feeble, keen senses grow dull, hardy constitutions deteriorate. Beauty withers. Organs quit. You remember yourself in your prime, and wonder where that person went. As your wisdom and experience are peaking, your traitorous body becomes a prison.”
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T.S. Eliot
“I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.”
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