College Girls by Lynn Peril
Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-eds, Then and Now

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The author of Pink Think takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl.

A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men’s magazines.

As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women’s history and popular culture—peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s—in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity.
 

About Lynn Peril

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Lynn Peril is a secretary and the author of Pink Think, College Girls, and Swimming in the Steno Pool. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published August 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Lynn Peril surveys college women from the days of corsets and curfews to the era of women’s studies and hook-ups.

Oct 01 2006 | Read Full Review of College Girls: Bluestockings,...

London Review of Books

Yet Olin suggests that today’s college girls, lacking ‘any strong sense of vocation’, are frittering away their academic opportunities – so much so that the 19th-century curriculum at North Carolina Goldsboro Female College ‘would make today’s students weep’.

Feb 21 2008 | Read Full Review of College Girls: Bluestockings,...

Project MUSE

Her introductory chapter, "The Birth of the College Girl," informs the reader that early women's colleges were rigorous by today's standards, encompassing the trivium and the quadrivium, and as electives, music, art, and physical exercise.

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