The Gendered Object

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Pat Kirkham
Manchester University Press, 1996 - Social Science - 226 pages
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From Barbie and Action Man to guns via bicycles, perfume and trainers, The gendered object is an intriguing collection of new writing on the way in which objects of everyday life are made socially acceptable and 'appropriate' for women or men. What does the Strawberry Shortcake doll tell us about views of the adult female body? When does the necktie become anti-establishment? How does a woman relate to a washing machine? And can a hearing aid really be gendered? These questions are answered and many others raised in this entertaining study of design for men and women.
  

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Contents

feminine room Juliet Kinchin
12
Mothers not herself today Jane Graves
30
sweet nothings or an ear for an ear Hillel Schwartz
43
Bicycles Nicholas Oddy
60
the last frontier on the road to equality? Susie McKellar
70
adult toys for girls and boys 195993
80
odour disgust femininity and toy design Heather Hendershot
90
design and promotion Cheryl Buckley
103
feminism in nineteenthcentury America Kate Luck
141
a common bond or defeated purpose? Lee Wright
153
presence and absence Juliet Ash
162
engendering the object in Desperately Seeking Susan Anne Wales
172
cat suits and mousetaken identities Paul Wells
184
a Clinique case study Pat Kirkham Alex Weller
196
pleasure packaging and postmodernity Angela Partington
204
Memory and objects Juliet Ash
219

some observations on male artists and their clothes in the nineteenth century Colin Cruise
112
pump up the power Christine Boydell
121
Legging it Man Schoeser
133

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About the author (1996)

Kirkham is professor in the history of design, decorative arts and culture at the Bard Graduate Center.

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