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Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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A significant contribution to the scholarship on the history of... womens rights, which included a "fight for our clothes." -- Joy Sperling, The Journal of American Culture, June 2004
This beautiful book allows a part of history unknown to many of us to come alive [Its] hard to put down. -- Melody Ballard, Library Journal, June 1, 2003
This beautiful volume... brings to life a hidden history: women who traded their dresses for clothes that "made the man." -- Diane Ellen Hamer, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Jan. 01, 2004
About the Author
Catherine Smith is an Associate Professor of Art at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. Recently she co-curated, with Cynthia Grieg, "Images of Resistance: Women in Pants, Photographs from the 1850s to the 1930s." Smith has spent the last six years collecting and researching early photographs of women in pants. Cynthia Greig is a fine-art photographer and independent curator. She has curated and written essays for a number of recent exhibitions in addition to "Images of Resistance." Greig has also taught photography at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is a contributor to the book, The Body Aesthetic: From Fine Art to Body Modification. She has an M.A. in Art History from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Michigan.
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Intellectually, we all know that people have worn all sorts of clothing at all times in history. But in fact almost every image of women before the 1930s and '40s portrays women in skirts. It's as if women were shaped like bells until then.
You won't realize how deeply ingrained this assumption can be until you look at this collection. It's a real eye-opener.
Many of the pictures are matter-of-fact recordings of women in unusual situations for that time, like women doing tough jobs that demanded trousers. Others show women who would never wish to be caught dead wearing pants in public. Yet there they are, playacting with their sorority sisters, some shamefaced, others defiant, but all are bravely facing the camera.
The collection contains broad range of photographic technologies and a mix of amateur and professional work. This mixture lends an interesting touch of realism to the collection. In a way, this collection suggests a novel way of studying the past: collect the photographs and see what they really show.
[T]his book provides an eloquent photo study of women wearing pants across the globe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using 150 period photographs . . . the authors document an oft-unexplored side of these women's lives. Harem pants . . . common wear outside U.S. society, are explored in the chapter "Multicultural Influences: 'Very Peculiar Garb.'" A chapter on "Working Women: 'Do me a mess o' work . . . jes like a man'" includes painters, carpenters, ranchers, fisherwomen, miners, lumberjacks, factory workers. . . . [C]hapters cover cyclists, actresses, cowgirls, and other adventurous women. High quality . . . photographs illustrate every page spread of the text. . . . Chapters on romantic women and college women reveal Victorian expectations allowed for passionate female relationships as different from today's. . . . From the reform costume of the late-nineteenth century through working women and mock weddings, this book explores the lot. This fascinating compilation should be useful for period studies and in history classrooms. It is recommended for library collections reaching secondary students and the general public. . . . (Hard to imagine it being any better written. . . .) . . . Ages 11-18.
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women in overalls and dirty pants to do dirty work - aka - I need to change the tire...Read more