How Does the Representation of Women Change Between 1930-1960 on the Covers of Vogue?

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The perception of women has changed in the last century, because of the changes in the economy, lifestyles and the home. I am going to find out how women have changed between 1930 and 1960 and the effect Vogue has had on women’s lives. Vogue has not only contributed to the acceptance of trends in the fashion and beauty industry, but in addition has become a reward in the changed in cultural thinking, actions and dress of women. Vogue is the world’s most influential fashion magazine, first founded by Kelly Trepkowski, writing on art, culture and politics. Vogue is regularly criticized, along with the fashion industry it writes about, for valuing wealth, social connections, and low body weight over more noble achievements from its…show more content…
The history of feminism consists of three waves; the first and most relevant to my studies would be between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many activists were concerned with issues such as a woman’s right to bodily integrity and a woman’s right to abortion, access to contraception; a woman’s right for protection from domestic violence, against sexual harassments and rape. Women were widely discriminated against, especially in the work place with matter such as maternity leave and equal pay. Many of these issues only related to women in middle class statuses however it did still impact those women Vogue targeted their magazine at, as they still were not able to work. Laura Mulvey is best known for her essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” written in 1973 and published in 1975. Her article was one of the first major essays that helped shift the orientation of film theory towards psychoanalytic framework. Mulvey was concerned with the feminist attitudes throughout film, she intended to make a ‘political use’ of Freud and Lacan’s studies, using their concepts to argue that the spectator was in a masculine subject position, using the figure of the women as an object of desire. Linking this theory to

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