A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #10

“The women’s movement nearly succeeded in toppling the economics of the magazines’ version of femininity. During its second wave, clothing manufacturers were alarmed to find that middle-class women weren’t spending much money on clothing anymore. As middle-class women abandoned their role as consuming housewives and entered the workforce, their engagement with the issues of the outer world could foreseeably lead them to lose interest altogether in women’s magazines’ separate feminine reality. And the magazines’ authority was undermined still further with the fashion upheavals that began in the late 1960s, the end of haute couture and the beginning of what fashion historian Elizabeth Wilson and Lou Taylor call ‘style for all.’ Would liberated women read women’s magazines? What for?”

– from the chapter “Culture” in The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

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