Hollywood’s Second Sex: The Treatment of Women in the Film Industry, 1900–1999

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McFarland, Apr 7, 2015 - Performing Arts - 244 pages
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“Women stars in Hollywood were invariably in two categories,” said director Otto Preminger. “One group was of women who were exploited by men, and the other, much smaller group was of women who survived by acting like men.” Beginning with silent film vamp Theda Bara and continuing with icons like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch, this study of film industry misogyny describes how female stars were maltreated by a sexist studio system—until women like Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis fought for parity. The careers of Doris Day, Brigitte Bardot, Carole Landis, Frances Farmer, Dorothy Dandridge, Inger Stevens and many others are examined, along with more recent actresses like Demi Moore and Sharon Stone. Women who worked behind the scenes, writing screenplays, producing and directing without due credit, are also covered.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Birth Pangs of a New Medium
9
Entrances and Exits
20
Rigors of the Code
32
Outside the Trenches
46
Postwar Transitions
64
Scandals and Torments
69
Life After Marilyn
124
The Sexual Revolution
135
Leaving the Dolls House
144
The Beginnings of Cynicism
160
Fatal Attractions
168
Outrageous Fortunes
182
The Stone Age
195
Epilogue
205

The Eisenhower Years
78
The Lipstick Sex
91
Changing of the Guard
103
The Swinging Sixties
114
Chapter Notes
207
Bibliography
217
Index
223
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Author and critic Aubrey Malone has written many books on the cinema. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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