Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style

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Shira Tarrant, Marjorie Jolles
SUNY Press, Aug 29, 2012 - Social Science - 273 pages
Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Fashion Talks is a vibrant look at the politics of everyday style. Shira Tarrant and Marjorie Jolles bring together essays that cover topics such as lifestyle Lolitas, Hollywood baby bumps, haute couture hijab, gender fluidity, steampunk, and stripper shoes, and engage readers with accessible and thoughtful analyses of real-world issues. This collection explores whether style can shift the limiting boundaries of race, class, gender, and sexuality, while avoiding the traps with which it attempts to rein us in. Fashion Talks will appeal to cultural critics, industry insiders, mainstream readers, and academic experts who are curious about the role fashion plays in the struggles over identity, power, and the status quo.

Shira Tarrant,/b> is Associate Professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. She is the author of Men and Feminism and When Sex Became Gender and the editor of Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power. Marjorie Jolles is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Roosevelt University.
 

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Contents

Feminism Confronts Fashion
1
Dressing the Body The Politics of Gender and Sexuality
11
Fashion Choices The Ethics of Consumption Production and Style
133
About the Authors
245
Index
251
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Shira Tarrant is Associate Professor in the Women s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. She is the author of Men and Feminism and When Sex Became Gender and the editor of Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power.

Marjorie Jolles is Assistant Professor of Women s and Gender Studies at Roosevelt University.

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