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Lesbians, Levis, and Lipstick : The Meaning of Beauty in Our Lives - Joanie M. Erickson

Lesbians, Levis, and Lipstick

The Meaning of Beauty in Our Lives

Paperback Published: 9th July 1999
ISBN: 9781560231219
Number Of Pages: 164

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What is lesbian beauty?Lesbians, Levis, and Lipstick: The Meaning of Beauty in Our Lives explores the many definitions of beauty among lesbians by discussing the norms they create and follow. In addition, it questions how these standards are influenced by heterosexual concepts of beauty. Here you'll find essays, poems, and research papers from women who describe some of the freeing and restrictive aspects of lesbian beauty.Lesbians, Levis, and Lipstick: The Meaning of Beauty in Our Lives examines the way lesbians define and explore the notion of beauty. Through moving, personal stories and well-represented research, this book leads the reader on a path of exploration about beauty norms and the way they liberate and confine lesbians.This sometimes humorous book is an in-depth and insightful examination of beauty practices and how lesbians use them as an expression of style and image and as a means of identifying one another. Compelling topics include:

  • lesbians’diverse expressions and understandings of beauty
  • the gender of a bisexual woman's partner and how it impacts her beauty routines and self-image
  • beauty standards of older lesbians and how their views on the qualities of potential partners and on their own partners change as they age
  • the beauty standards of lesbian and bisexual women of color
  • pressures on lesbians to be thin and how this affects their feelings about their bodies and themselves
  • feminism and its potential role in protecting women from eating disorders and negative body imagePersonal, intelligent, and informative, Lesbians, Levis, and Lipstick gives you insight into the meanings of lesbian beauty. Emphasizing strength, confidence, and self-acceptance as attractive qualities, this uplifting book will help you realize your own beauty and give you a new freedom to experiment with fresh expressions of it.

Introductionp. 1
In the Eye of the Beholder: Identifying and Defining Lesbian Beauty Norms
Yeah, Youp. 13
Beauty Mandates and the Appearance Obsession: Are Lesbian and Bisexual Women Better Off?p. 15
Bisexual Women and Beauty Norms: A Qualitative Examinationp. 27
Lesbians Discuss Beauty and Agingp. 37
Beauty on the Borderland: On Being Black Lesbian and Beautifulp. 45
Doing Beauty: Negotiating Lesbian Looks in Everyday Lifep. 55
Listen to the Roars and Whispers of Waterp. 65
Freedoms and Constraints of Lesbian Beauty Norms
Confessions of a Butch Straight Womanp. 69
Invisible Womonp. 73
Lesbians Walk the Tightrope of Beauty: Thin Is In but Femme Is Outp. 77
The Myth of the Short-Haired Lesbianp. 91
Even My Hair Won't Grow Straightp. 103
Beauty and the Butchp. 107
Compulsory Thinness: Are Lesbians Immune From the Barbie Mandate?
Secret Torrentp. 119
Lesbians and the Internalization of Societal Standards of Weight and Appearancep. 121
Body Image, Compulsory Heterosexuality, and Internalized Homophobiap. 129
Does Feminism Serve a Protective Function Against Eating Disorders?p. 141
Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9781560231219
ISBN-10: 1560231211
Series: Gay & Lesbian Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 9th July 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.23 x 15.22  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1