Bachelor Girl (Google eBook)
In this lively and colorful book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed.
Drawing extensively on primary sources, including private journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements, films, and other materials from popular media, Israel paints remarkably vivid portraits of single women -- and the way they were perceived -- throughout the decades. From the nineteenth-century spinsters, of New England to the Bowery girls of New York City, from the 1920s flappers to the 1940s working women of the war years and the career girls of the 1950s and 1960s, single women have fought to find and feel comfortable in that room of their own. One need only look at Bridget Jones and the Sex and the City gang to see that single women still maintain an uneasy relationship with the rest of society -- and yet they radiate an aura of glamour and mystery in popular culture.
As witty as it is well researched, as thoughtful as it is lively, Bachelor Girl is a must-read for women everywhere.
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This woman, in the same vein as Corinne Holt Sawyer, Elizabeth Wilson, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Susan B. Kaiser and other behaviorist mental health cultists, uses the strategy of "transvestism" to have her sex exclusively in the apparel limelight, thereby exerting dominance over men by relegating them to a uniform---pants. I read Betsy Israel's attack on freedom of dress for me in GQ, September 1990, page 251. Freedom of dress is a civil right; and a civil right cannot be a "mental illness." Too bad she can't be sent back to fill Mary Walker's shoes and be arrested by a policeman for wearing pants in public ("clothing not belonging to her sex") just after he read "A Curious Disease," NY Times editorial calling for women in pants, who were suffering from "permanent mental hallucination," to be treated "with the usual methods in use at the best conducted hospitals for the insane." It is becoming more difficult to conceal sex discrimination by relying on psychiatric terminology, a matter which should bring tears to Betsy Israel as she wages her war to prevent men from ever being in the limelight concerning apparel.