It's So You

35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style

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$15.95 USD
October 2007
300 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
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ISBN: 9781580052153

It's So You

35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style

By Michelle Tea

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original, October 2007

It’s So You explores the intersection between personal style and personal expression through lively personal essays by thirty-five top women writers—including two artists. In a culture that uses oppressive beauty standards to influence and determine what’s hot, how do women manage to find their own distinct style, and to delight in fashion, without feeling like they’re selling out, or buying into consumerism?

It’s So You emerges from third-wave feminism, which celebrates not only the frivolity and playfulness of women’s fashion, but also the daring aesthetics of sex workers, out queers, and fashionistas. Contributors include Six Feet Under Producer Jill Soloway, transgender icon Kate Bornstein, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, poet Diane di Prima, NPR regular Sandra Tsing Loh, novelist Beth Lisick, Calvin Klein model Jenny Shimizu, actress Laura Fraser, and writer/herstorian Trina Robbins.

From the haute couture houses of the ruling class to DIY girls who make restorative clothing and create their own hodgepodge style, It’s So You is the first book to explore women’s ambivalence, suspicion, indulgence, and love of fashion on every level.

About Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl. Her novel, Rose of No Man’s Land, was declared “impossible to put down” by People magazine. Her writing has been published in The Believer, Best American Erotica, Best American Non-Required Reading, and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature. She was voted Best Local Writer 2006 by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Tea is a founder of all-girl performance happening Sister Spit, and Artistic Director of Radar Productions, a nonprofit that stages underground, queer-centric literary events in the Bay Area and beyond.

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