Pinup Girls


During World War II, pinups were the ultimate American sex symbols. Cristen and Caroline discuss the history and evolution of pinups, female pinup artists and why some women consider pinup fashion and imagery empowering today.

Episode sources:

14 Female Pin-up Artists You Should Know -- But Probably Don't. http://flavorwire.com/371048/14-female-pin-up-artists-you-should-know-but-probably-dont-nsfw

A Sly Wink to Pinup of the Past. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/fashion/a-sly-wink-to-pinups-of-the-past.html?_r=1

But Is It Art? Well, Yes; A Trove of Pinups at the University of Kansas Is Admired by All Sorts, Including Feminists. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/25/arts/but-it-art-well-yes-trove-pinups-university-kansas-admired-all-sorts-including.html

Black Pin Ups (Black IS Beautiful) Women of Color and Pinup History. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/81822-black-pin-ups-black-is-beautiful-wom

Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/female-artists-who-shaped-the-american-dream-girl/

The Glamorous History of Pin-Up, From Kitsch to Commercial to Fine Art. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/the-art-of-pin-up_n_5924236.html

The History of the Pin-Up Girl, From the 1800s to the Present. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/31/pin-up-girl-history_n_6077082.html

These Pin-Up Photos From 'Shameless Photography' Show That Every Body Is Gorgeous. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/shameless-photography-pinups-sophie-spinelle_n_6488688.html

Varga Pin-up. http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/collection/object.asp?ID=512

Women of Color in Burlesque: The Not-So-Hidden-History. http://community.babycenter.com/post/a28001105/the_lost_history_of_black_pin-up_girls_nsfw

Academic insights:

Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture. Maria Elena Buszek. Duke University Press. 2006. https://www.academia.edu/4248652/Pin-Up_Grrrls_Feminism_Sexuality_Popular_Culture

Vargas' Blonde Sambos. Andrea Dworkin. Spencer Museum of Art. http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/vargas/dworkin.shtml

Topics in this Podcast: body image, pinups, ww2, pornography