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An Intimate AffairWomen, Lingerie, and Sexuality$
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Jill Fields

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223691

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223691.001.0001

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Bra vs. Bra

Bra vs. Bra

Feminist Intimate Apparel Art

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(p.272) Epilogue Bra vs. Bra
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An Intimate Affair
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Jill Fields

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223691.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the changes in intimate apparel from the 1960s until present times. It analyzes the various feminist works of art that represent undergarments, and notes that some exhibited works like the Bra vs. Bra illustrate the wide range of uses and definitions of intimate apparel. These works also raise interesting and challenging questions on cultural representation, power, and gender, and comment and document the more recent undergarment styles. The discussion shows that artists who include intimate apparel and use it to provide alternative or even oppositional views of femininity and its expression by the female body can give further evidence on the significant and lasting symbolic power of intimate apparel artifacts, texts, and representations within American culture.

Keywords:   changes, intimate apparel, feminist, works of art, exhibited works, cultural representation, views of femininity, symbolic power

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