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Playboy and the making of the good life in modern America

Author: Elizabeth Fraterrigo
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Playboy was more than a magazine filled with pictures of nude women and advice on how to mix the perfect martini. Indeed, the magazine's vision of sexual liberation, high living, and "the good life" came to define mainstream images of postwar life. In exploring the history of America's most widely read and influential men's magazine, Elizabeth Fraterrigo hones in on the values, style, and gender formulations put  Read more...
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Fraterrigo, Elizabeth.
Playboy and the making of the good life in modern America.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009011643
(OCoLC)316027977
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Fraterrigo
ISBN: 9780199739486 019973948X 9780190452636 0190452633
OCLC Number: 609850528
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Contents; Introduction; 1 "We Aren't a 'Family Magazine' ": Sex, Gender, and the Family Ideal in Postwar America; 2 "Work Hard and Play Hard, Too": Modern Living and the Morality of the Playboy Life; 3 Pads and Penthouses: Playboy's Urban Answer to Suburbanization; 4 The Ideal (Play)Mate: Gender, the Workplace, and the Single Girl; 5 "For Us It Is the Good Life": The Ascendant Playboy Life; 6 "Casualties of the Lifestyle Revolution": Playboy, the Permissive Society, and Women's Liberation; Epilogue: America's Playboy Culture; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Fraterrigo.

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A cultural history of postwar America that examines the role ofPlayboy magazine in defining "the good life."  Read more...

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