Let’s make love: Whiteness, cleanliness and sexuality in the French reception of Marilyn Monroe

  title={Let’s make love: Whiteness, cleanliness and sexuality in the French reception of Marilyn Monroe},
  author={Fiona Handyside},
  journal={European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={291 - 306}
  • Fiona Handyside
  • Published 1 August 2010
  • Art
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies
Richard Dyer’s seminal work on whiteness in film considers Marilyn Monroe as the epitome of an institutionally racist Hollywood system that imagines the most desirable woman to be blonde, given that blondeness is understood as a guarantee of whiteness. This article adds to other recent scholarship on Monroe that has sought to complicate this reading by examining other meanings that can be attributed to her bleached blonde hair. By closely analyzing media texts that discussed Monroe in 1950s… 

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