Blonde Like Me

Blonde Like Me

The Roots of the Blonde Myth in Our Culture

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Baker & Taylor
A witty and incisive study interweaves personal experience with cultural criticism to explore the meaning of having blonde hair, analyzing ancient mythology, Hollywood iconography, fairy tales, and contemporary advertising to assess the meaning of blonde symbolism in modern society. Original.

& Taylor

Looks at the American attitude towards blondes and personal appearance in general

Simon and Schuster
In this irreverent, unsparing, and witty look at our cultural obsession with blonde, Natalia Ilyin shows us that our apparently modern fixation has truly primeval roots. Highlighting cultural criticism with personal experience, she cites ancient myths, Hollywood iconography, and the daily assault of advertising to reveal why the allure of being a blonde has crossed the boundaries of ethnicity, economics, and age. In essence, she shows us the difference between simply having blonde hair and being a blonde.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000
ISBN: 9780684852140
Branch Call Number: 391.5 ILY
Characteristics: 188 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 17, 2010

I read this book in high school, during my questioning why I was treated certain ways for being blond. I thought I would enjoy taking the journey again. Instead, I thought she disguised an autobiography as an exploration of culture. Honestly, I just didn't think there was any support for her ideas (and she usually didn't offer). It may be interesting to read one woman's idea of being blond, but do not expect in depth exploration. Oh, and as an editor, I did use blonde vs. blond correctly. She does not always, particularly in her title.


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