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Bachelor girl : the secret history of single women in the twentieth century

Author: Betsy Israel
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed." "Drawing extensively on primary sources, including private journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betsy Israel
ISBN: 0380976498 9780380976492
OCLC Number: 49519080
Description: viii, 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : I think we're alone now --
1. the classical spinster : redundants, the singly blessed, and the early new women --
2. The single steps out : Bowery Gals, Shoppies, and the Bohemian bachelorette --
3. Thin and raging things : new (new women, Gibson goddesses, flapping ad darlings, and the all-new spinster in fur --
4. The suspicious single : job stealers, the riveting Rosie, and the neurotic husband hunter --
5. The secret single : runaway bachelor girls, catching the Bleecker Street Beat and/or Blues at the Barbizon --
6. The swinging single : career girls, the autonomous girl, the pill popper, and the lone female in danger --
7. Today's moderne unmarried, her times and trials : ice queens of the Eighties and Nineties, baby brides, slacker spinsters, and the singular cry of the wild, "Hey, get your stroller off my sidewalk!"
Other Titles: Secret history of single women in the twentieth century
Responsibility: Betsy Israel.
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"In this book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed." "Drawing extensively on primary sources, including private journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements, films, and other materials from popular media, Israel paints remarkably vivid portraits of single women - and the way they were perceived - throughout the decades. From the nineteenth-century spinsters of New England to the Bowery girls of New York City, from the 1920s flappers to the 1940s working women of the war years and the career girls of the 1950s and 1960s, single women have fought to find and feel comfortable in that room of their own. One need only look at Bridget Jones and the Sex and the City gang to see that single women still maintain an uneasy relationship with the rest of society - and yet they radiate an aura of glamour and mystery in popular culture."--BOOK JACKET.

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