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Title :

Unhoop the fair sex : the campaign against the hoop petticoat in eighteenth-century England

Author :
CHRISMAN, Kimberly ;
Publication year :
1996
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The hoop's history mirrors the history of economics, gender relations and social mores in 18th c. England. The artifact is unique to that time period, peaking in both size and ubiquity in the 1750s. Despite obstacles both practical and perceived, the garment endured to become an icon for its age. The origins, innovations, fluctuations and failings of the hoop demonstrate the tenacity of 18th c. Englishwomen in their struggle for sexual autonomy. Although it is tempting to condemn the hoop as yet another example of female subjugation through dress, the hoop actually had quite the opposite function. In the face of widespread and violent protest from men, women willingly adopted the hoop as a means of protecting, controlling and, ultimately, liberating female sexuality. ;
Pagination/Size :
1 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Féminisme ; Grande-Bretagne ; Panier (costume) ; Sexe (catégorie) ; Sexualité ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Feminism ; Gender (sex) ; Great Britain ; Hoops (petticoats) ; Sexuality ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Eighteenth-century studies, 1996, 30, 1, fall
INIST identifier :
25051202 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0013-2586 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;