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Pin Up! The Subculture: Negotiating Agency, Representation & Sexuality with Vintage Style
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Pin Up! The Subculture: Negotiating Agency, Representation & Sexuality with Vintage Style (Paperback)

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Dangerous. Sexy. All-American-or rather All-World-Girl. Pin Up! The Subculture is the first book to explore the contemporary international subculture of pin up, women (and men) who embrace vintage style, but not vintage values.





Award-winning filmmaker and author Kathleen M. Ryan spent more than five years in the subculture. It's a world of cat eye makeup, carefully constructed hairstyles, and retro-inspired fashions. But it's also a world that embraces the ideals of feminism. Beauty, according to the pin up, is found not in body type or skin color, but in the confidence and sexual agency of the individual. Pin ups see their subculture as a way to exert empowerment and control of their own sexual and social identities-something that is part of the pin up's historical legacy.





This lavishly illustrated book includes interviews with more than fifty international pin ups and helps readers to understand how they use social media and personal interactions to navigate thorny issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, sizeism, and other difficult topics. Ryan demonstrates how even within subcultures, identity is far from homogeneous. Pin ups use the safety of their shared subcultural values to advocate for social and political change.





A fascinating combination of cultural history, media studies, and oral history, Pin Up! The Subculture is the story about how a subculture is subverting and reviving an historic aesthetic for the twenty-first century.

Kathleen M. Ryan (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is an award-winning filmmaker. She explores the intersection of theory and praxis within evolving media forms in hybrid projects dealing with issues of gender, self-identity, and visuality. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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