Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hanne Blank & Jo B. Paoletti This Thursday!

Thursday, March 29.
7PM. Atomic Books.

Hanne Blank will be discussing and signing copies of her new book, STRAIGHT - which deals with the surprisingly short history of heterosexuality.

And Jo B. Paoletti will be discussing and signing her new book, PINK & BLUE - which deals with the gendering of pink and blue.

Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality: In this surprising chronicle, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation, while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche. Illuminating the hidden patterns in centuries of events and trends, Blank shows how culture creates and manipulates the ways we think about and experience desire, love, and relationships between men and women.

"Blank’s tenacious research and insightful arguments make clear how malleable the attitudes of the world we live in really are."—BUST

Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America: "When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue?" To uncover the answer, dress historian Jo Paoletti looked at advertising, catalogs, dolls, baby books, mommy blogs and discussion forums, and other popular media to examine the surprising shifts in attitudes toward color as a mark of gender in American children's clothing.

"Pink and Blue challenges the cultural panic over how children's clothing affects gender and sexual identity. Paoletti shatters myths about what girls and boys "naturally" like, and does so with details that will fascinate both the casual and professional reader." —Peggy Orenstein

Adult refreshments will be served.

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