Bunny Yeager article – out now

Well… Its out! My article ‘Having Her Cheesecake and Eating It: Performance, Professionalism, and the Politics of the Gaze in the Pinup Self-Portraiture of Bunny Yeager’ on the  agency and professional celebrity of ‘the world’s prettiest photographer’ is up there on the Feminist Media Histories page.

The issue also features Jennifer Clark’s article on celebrity performances and television labor practices of The Gypsy Rose Lee Show. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

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Bunny Yeager was a pinup model and photographer who appeared on TV and in exploitation films, while creating pinupsand “art” nudes for Playboy, coffee-table books, and how-to publications. She is currently experiencing a revival as part of a subcultural vogue for 1950s and 1960s Americana. In her images she was often both subject and photographer, and her self-reflexive pictures engage with issues of authorship, control, and the sexualized gaze. This text examines Yeager’s portraiture, her instructive writing, her representation in the film Bunny Yeager’s Nude Camera (1963), and the way she positioned herself when discussing her work, to demonstrate how she embodied a mode of professional and sexual agency that engaged with broader, progressive ideas pertaining to women’s labor and identity circulating in 1960s America as part of feminism’s second wave.

The article can be linked to here if you have institutional access via your university, if anyone who’s not a scholar wants a read, pm me and I can email you a copy over as its currently behind a paywall.

I’m due to feature in a podcast for the journal discussing the article with the journal’s editor-in-chief Shelley Stamp in the next few weeks so look out for that soon!

 

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