An article on blonde bombshells fired up the name of MAE WEST.
• • According to journalist Matt Bechtold: While the 1940s saw major changes in the gender roles of women when the “Rosies” went to work in factories to support the war effort, it was the Hollywood starlets and pin-up girls that would take empowerment and sexual redefinition to the next level in the 1950s.
• • Blonde bombshells • •
• • Blonde bombshells like Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable planted the idea that women could be more than the domestic roles that had previously defined them. Then-pin-up girls like Bettie Page — — and burlesque stars like Lili St. Cyr — — took such rebellion to the extreme.
• • Today, the pin-up girl is making a comeback.
• • Just as pin-ups and burlesque shows were a rebellion against the ‘50s social construct of the obedient housewife, the pendulum is now swinging back in rebellion against the way “sexy” has been reduced to “slutty” — — the empowered, sexy woman reduced to a powerless sex object in everything from pornography to fashion.
• • There's a growing desire to once again leave a little something to the imagination while still being sexy and fun, and a return to the pin-up makes that possible. . . .
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• • Article: "Pins and pompadours: The return of rockabilly"
• • Byline: Matt Bechtold
• • Published in: The Kansan — — www.kansan.com
• • Published on: Thursday, 4 December 2008
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •