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Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1878271976
ISBN-10: 1878271970
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In such works as Simians, Cyborgs and Women, feminist and historian of science Donna Harraway claims that technology will cause us to become less and less distinct from our mechanical tools. In Mechanical Brides, Ellen Lupton shows to what extent this has already come to pass. However, it's not technology that allowed this to happen, but rather design and advertising. Through images of women using telephones, irons, washing machines, typewriters, and other "feminine" appliances, Lupton traces a visual history of the interaction between women and machines. This book contains a rare combination: beautiful design and thoughtful text.


Thorough, annotated, good-looking, and well-written. It shows off, very well, the imagination and extensive scholarship that created the project. Kay Larson, New York

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Ellen Lupton is the author, coauthor, or editor of 13 books with PAPress, including Design Culture Now; Skin: Surface, Substance + Design; Inside Design Now; Thinking with Type; D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself; and D.I.Y. Kids. She is Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York and Director, Graphic Design MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. she is hte recipient of numerous awards including I.D. Forty, 1992; Chrysler Design Award, 1996; and AIGA Gold Medal, 2007.

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