Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Gender and Jewelry: A Feminist Analysis Paperback – June 5, 2010
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Rebecca Ross Russell is a graduate of Tufts University's prestigious combined degree program in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, graduating with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in metalworking and jewelry and a Bachelor's of Arts with a major in Women's Studies. This project grew out of an ongoing process of questioning the societal underpinnings of her chosen medium, one she has worked in since her early teenage years. It is her deeply held hope that this will serve as an invitation for more critical reflection, from the scholarly community as well as from conscientious jewelers, on the origins of jewelry traditions and on the political and social statements (often unconsciously) conveyed through choice of adornment.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
So, why do we wear jewelry? Simple, it’s a desire for control, honor, gender identity, or sex. But, not so simple; sometimes it’s all four, or none at all.
Consider the rings Padaung women of Myanmar wear that can extend their necks 10-15 inches, so they cannot turn their heads. You may think their practice is very strange, but look at high heels, tights jeans, and neckties and think again. All these seem to say, I am willing to limit and sacrifice myself so that you will find me desirable.
Consider the clunky, flashy gold that male rap stars wear in violation of norms that demand that men wear little jewelry and that Blacks defer to Whites. In this case jewelry seems to assert the wearer’s self-determination.
Russell goes on to analyze the unconscious political and social statements conveyed by more or less esoteric jewelry, from heavy anklets worn in Niger to headhunter necklaces, from engagement rings and Madeleine Albright’s pins to punk body piercing. She concludes by presenting some feminist and queer alternatives forms of jewelry.
Gender and Jewelry is a fascinating read to anyone interested in the subject. Then, when you are done, the book can adorn your coffee table or bookcase and make a strong statement about your open-mindedness and sophistication.
<i>Keith Wilson writes on mental health and relationship issues on his blog, <a href="https://keithwilsoncounseling.com/articles-2/"> Madness 101 </a></i>