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.

A Sly Wink to Pinup of the Past.

But Is It Art? Well, Yes; A Trove of Pinups at the University of Kansas Is Admired by All Sorts, Including Feminists.

Black Pin Ups (Black IS Beautiful) Women of Color and Pinup History.

Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl.

The Glamorous History of Pin-Up, From Kitsch to Commercial to Fine Art.

The History of the Pin-Up Girl, From the 1800s to the Present.

These Pin-Up Photos From 'Shameless Photography' Show That Every Body Is Gorgeous.

Varga Pin-up.

Women of Color in Burlesque: The Not-So-Hidden-History.

Academic insights:

Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture. Maria Elena Buszek. Duke University Press. 2006.

Vargas' Blonde Sambos. Andrea Dworkin. Spencer Museum of Art.

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