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Barbie

Erica Rand

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Over the years, too, Barbie saw expanding options in one type of costume that would generate praise, humor, doubt, and derision: the career outfit. In the early 1960s, Barbie’s career identities were primarily traditionally female, like nurse; largely unattainable, like astronaut; or both, like ballerina. Barbie had less work, ironically, during the burgeoning of popular feminism in the 1970s.

The Child, the Corset, and the Construction of Female Sexuality

Leigh Summers

Source: Bound to Please. A History of the Victorian Corset 2001

Book chapter

endured sullenly the row that ensued when my soft-shelled condition was discovered; was forcibly re-corseted; and as soon as possible went away and took them off again. One of my governesses used to weep over my wickedness in this respect. I had a bad figure and to me they were instruments of torture; they prevented me from breathing, and dug deep holes into my softer parts on every side. I am sure no hair shirt could have been worse to me.Ibid. G. Raverat, Period Piece, Faber & Faber, London, 19

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