Lynn Peril


Lynn Peril is obsessed with used books (particularly old sex and dating manuals, etiquette and self-help books and health, beauty and fashion guides) and other detritus of popular culture, especially that concerning gender-related behavioral prescriptions.

Lynn Peril “has tirelessly chronicled and analyzed mid-20th-century examples of what she calls ‘pink think: a set of ideas and attitudes about what constituted proper female behavior … [that are] earnest, kitschy and offensive.’ She started earning street cred in the field with her 1990s ‘zine Mystery Date, which showcased women’s advice books, and then with her long-time ‘Museum of Femorabilia’ column in Bust Magazine. . . . Peril’s true delight in her research comes through in every page. She knows how to mine the humor in the truly horrifying.”

— Paula Kamen, Ms. Magazine Blog

Think Pink, Lynn’s website

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