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Lady Lushes: Gender, Alcoholism, and Medicine in Modern America - Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Series (Paperback)
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Lady Lushes: Gender, Alcoholism, and Medicine in Modern America - Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 234 Pages / Published: 30/10/2017
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According to the popular press in the mid twentieth century, American women, in a misguided attempt to act like men in work and leisure, were drinking more. "Lady Lushes" were becoming a widespread social phenomenon. From the glamorous hard-drinking flapper of the 1920s to the disgraced and alcoholic wife and mother played by Lee Remick in the 1962 film "Days of Wine and Roses," alcohol consumption by American women has been seen as both a prerogative and as a threat to health, happiness, and the social order.

In Lady Lushes, medical historian Michelle L. McClellan traces the story of the female alcoholic from the late-nineteenth through the twentieth century. She draws on a range of sources to demonstrate the persistence of the belief that alcohol use is antithetical to an idealized feminine role, particularly one that glorifies motherhood. Lady Lushes offers a fresh perspective on the importance of gender role ideology in the formation of medical knowledge and authority.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813576978
Number of pages: 234
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
?"?Lady Lushes is an impressive and major contribution to women's studies and the history of medicine in the United States."--David M. Fahey "author of Alcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia "
"From 'fallen angels' to 'lit ladies, ' the drinking women who haunt these pages embody the ambivalence of alcohol. McClellan traces the fluctuations in American expectations, taking pharmacology seriously but situating it squarely within gendered social constraints."
--Nancy D. Campbell "author of Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy and Social Justice "
"Lady Lushes provides an important supplement to the established historical insight that affluent white women tend to elicit sympathy while other groups of substance users are vilified. As McClellan deftly demonstrates, although the inebriety paradigm for female alcoholism evoked more sympathetic attitudes than the medical paradigm, neither produced a cure that benefited women."--Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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