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The Ugly Side of Pretty

Put Down and Ripped Off: The American Woman and the Beauty Cult
Stewart
1977

Submitter: Here is a an interesting book on the plight of women in 1977. When it comes to weight loss, “For those who want an easy rule of thumb, here’s one to begin with. The more Spartan the Décor, the less likely it is that the owners/managers will rip you off.” Good to know!  My library system has three copies of this 39 year old book.

Holly: That Spartan decor comment has to do with health spas and weight loss clinics. The fancier the spa, the more they are ripping you off. Gotta pay for those water falls and lemongrass-infused steam saunas somehow! The book’s thesis is current as ever. It’s delivery is…not.

 

 

More on the American Woman:

More Women’s Lib

Woodsy Women

Girls Ruin Everything

A Woman’s World (as told by a man)

Making it Work

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Rhyming Manners

You Know Better Than That
Smaridge
1973

 

Another etiquette book for kids! This one is in rhyming form and is illustrated with creepy little children doing weird stuff. We have several scenarios: flooding, stealing, sharing, running in the house and my personal favorite: taking care of the phone so you don’t rack up long distance charges.

Now everyone behave!

Mary

More Manners for Kids:

Mind Your Manners

Get Your Modern Manners On

The Sisters Teach Manners

WASP Lessons

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Pleasure in the Craft Section

Applehead Dolls for Pleasure and Profit
Dotson
1962

I am not sure which is creepier: the author’s expression or this particular craft. Actually, I didn’t know one could make an applehead doll. Is this a thing? If it is, it needs to stop right now. Can you imagine trying to sleep with these creepy apple people staring at you? And please, let’s be honest, the whole “pleasure and profit” in the title also adds a nice touch of innuendo.

I am adding applehead dolls to my list of creepy things right next to clowns and mimes. Let’s call it a hat trick of evil.

<Shudders>

Mary

More Crafting Creeps

Making Puppets Come Alive

Nightmare in the Craft Section

More Creeptastic Crafts

DIY Boyfriend

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