Sirens Speak

The Woman Behind the Camera

I’m honored to  feature the following guest post from Ani, The Museum Pinup. Enjoy! 

Hello, everyone! Firstly, I’d like to thank Annie for inviting me to write a guest post. It’s an absolute honor and I truly enjoyed working on this. There is just simply so much to say about Bunny Yeager and her contribution to pop culture, the art of photography, and the sexual revolution. Bunny transformed pinup photography and self-portraiture. Being a model herself, she understood how women want to be portrayed. For instance, there was a notably different aura in Bettie Page’s photos by Bunny, as opposed to male photographers. Bettie’s photos taken by Yeager exude a sense of freedom, confidence, and pure fun. However, for the sake of brevity, I’m going to try my best to concentrate on one small aspect of why Bunny Yeager is such a significant woman in the history of photography and portraiture.

Sirens Speak

The Myth of 12: On Love, Selfies and Marilyn Monroe

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post by pin-up blogger Penny Snark. If you struggle with body confidence (and honestly, who doesn’t?), keep reading… 

I remember when people used to proclaim, “Marilyn Monroe was a size 12!” I remember when the refutation of that fact became more widely spread than the fact itself. While it’s inarguably true that Marilyn wasn’t a “size 12” as we think of it in the modern day, what I remember most is how many of those refutations felt almost gleeful. “You were stupid to try to claim Marilyn,” some of them seemed to say under the surface. “She’s not for you.”

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Hillary, Trump, & the Politics of Frank Capra

As election season crescendos to its appointed climax, many Americans are anxiously preparing for apocalypse. With passports in hand and “Oh Canada!” on their lips, both liberals and conservatives have suggested that a mass exodus is imminent. Idol threats, perhaps. But the underlying sentiment is very real: we’re disillusioned, disgusted, and hopelessly divided.

We have imbued our elected officials with so much power that I believe that many of us (including myself) have forgotten our own agency. We have forgotten, for instance, that the impetus for hope and change does not lie exclusively with our president. We have forgotten that making America great is not contingent upon the primacy of a particular political party. We have forgotten, in effect, the politics of Frank Capra.

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What Marilyn Monroe Taught Me About Insecurity & Friendship

Just who do you think you are?

I’m not sure when the self-doubt first set in, but for the past several years, I have been all too aware of a festering, dormant anxiety. A feeling on the periphery of my consciousness. A sense of not being good enough. Of being a fraud.

Most days it lies beneath the surface, undetectable to anyone, including myself. Then, in a moment of vulnerability, it flares up, and once again I’m paralyzed by a series of pernicious questions.

Call it insecurity. Call it imposter syndrome. Call it…an opportunity?

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Cowboys Don’t Cry: Westerns & the Ideal Man

“He ain’t much of a man, is he?”

I remember well the words of Buck Hannassey in Big County. His guttural insults were just one among many to blare through my grandparent’s walnut encased TV. Sitting there, on that avocado armchair, I first learned to distinguish between “real” men and their inferiors–those city slickers who couldn’t handle a gun or their liquor.

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Top 10 Feminist Films of the Midcentury

Classic Hollywood cinema is rarely cited for its equitable portrayal of women; nevertheless, a smattering of films from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s contain feminist themes and feature strong female leads. Actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Joan Crawford, celebrated for their wit, professional ambition, and intrepid sexuality, challenged many of the sexist expectations of their time. Thus, while gendered roles may have afflicted much of midcentury America, hints of feminism’s second wave managed to seep into its films–an advisory for the political storm to come. It would not be the first time, however, that feminist themes made a splash on the big screen.


$100 Pinup Girl Clothing Giveaway!

For all you brainy and cost-conscious bombshells: here’s your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Pinup Girl Clothing!

Entering the giveaway is easy–simply post a comment below. For one additional entry, follow the Pinup Professor on Twitter or Instagram.

You have until Saturday, August 13 @ 11:59 PST to enter the giveaway; the winner will be announced on Monday, August 15. If the winner doesn’t respond within ten days, a new winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is reserved for those 18 and older. International entries are welcomed and encouraged, but please note that Pinup Girl Clothing does not ship to Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Greece, or North Korea at this time. For more shipping information, click here.

Good luck, Bombshells!

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On June Cleaver & Surviving Domestic Depression

I’m no marriage expert, but I can offer this one observation: if your spouse instructs you to “act more like June Cleaver,” your relationship is probably doomed.

At least, that was my experience.

Eight years ago, and looking more like a frightened schoolgirl than a midcentury housewife, I watched as my husband slipped through a pair of sliding glass doors and into a poorly lit parking lot.

I never saw him again.

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Wearing Cultures: A Four Step Guide to Avoiding (In)appropriation

You shouldn’t wear that.

Whether it’s a magazine article admonishing women over thirty to remove crop tops from their closet, or a school dress code demanding that girls keep their kneecaps under wraps; we women are often confronted with arbitrary rules on what not to wear. And for the most part, they’re bullshit.

I am generally of the opinion that women should dress however they want, except when it involves the inappropriate “borrowing” from marginalized cultures. It is perhaps the only time when I think it may be necessary for women, in the spirit of respect and camaraderie, to follow a set of clothing guidelines. It may also be the only time when the words of the Apostle Paul can be successfully used as a feminist slogan: “I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful.” (CEB)