Hollywood and the Female Body

Stephen Handzo

From the fist flickering images of nudes in the 1880's to the present, the female body on screen has been a battleground in the culture wars. This is the first book to trace the whole story from the "artistic" nudity of the silent era to the flapper era to the Production Code crackdown of the 1930's to the pin-ups and love goddesses of WW I! to the bombshells and sex kittens of the postwar era and the eruption of nudity and sex scenes with advent of the ratings system. An epilogue tells how the #MeToo movement forced the industry to confront its sexism.