Desirable Dress: Rosies, Sky Girls, and the Politics of Appearance

  title={Desirable Dress: Rosies, Sky Girls, and the Politics of Appearance},
  author={Eileen Boris},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  pages={123 - 142}
  • E. Boris
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Sociology
  • International Labor and Working-Class History
Desirable dress on the job, whether pants, sweaters, or mini-skirted uniforms, contains symbolic meaning, but whose sexual subjectivity it expresses is not always clear. Appearance may be a proxy for other forms of contestation or just be a conveyer of pleasure that makes work just a little more humane. This essay rethinks two cases where issues of self-fashioning, appearance, sexuality, employer strictures, and state policy intertwined: the shop floors of the Second World War and the flight… 
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