Underneath It All

A History of Women's Underwear

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

For most of human history, the garments women wore under their clothes were hidden. The earliest underwear provided warmth and protection. But eventually, women’s undergarments became complex structures designed to shape their bodies to fit the fashion ideals of the time.

In the modern era, undergarments are out in the open, from the designer corsets Madonna wore on stage to Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement on Instagram. This feminist exploration of women’s underwear reveals the intimate role lingerie plays in defining women’s bodies, sexuality, gender identity, and body image. It is a story of control and restraint but also female empowerment and self-expression. You will never look at underwear the same way again.

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978-1-5124-2531-4
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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2018-01-01
BISACS YAN052020, YAN023000, YAN019000
Dewey 687/.2209
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1150
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes

Awards

  • Texas Topaz Reading List, Winner, 2019

Reviews

VOYA

“[A] natural subject with which to explore women’s self-image and the ways the male gaze has shaped it over the centuries.”—VOYA

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A]n engaging read for anyone with an overflowing underwear drawer and a useful resource for teens . . .”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

School Library Journal

“[E]ndlessly fascinating, a great addition to nonfiction collections.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“This multidisciplinary, discussion-worthy text reshapes how we view history.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A serviceable introduction to the history of women’s undergarments, with some nuggets of importance and insight.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Amber J. Keyser

Evolutionary biologist-turned-author Amber J. Keyser has a MS in zoology and a PhD in genetics. She writes both fiction and non-fiction for tweens and teens. Her young adult novels include Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017), an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies, and The Way Back from Broken (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series Quartz Creek Ranch (Darby Creek, 2017). Her nonfiction titles include The V-Word (Beyond Words/SimonTeen, 2016), an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences (Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer list, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens) and Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015), among numerous other titles. Her forthcoming books include Tying the Knot: A World History of Marriage (Twenty-First Century Books, 2018) and Underneath It All: The History of Women's Underwear (Twenty-First Century Books, 2018). More information at www.amberjkeyser.com. Connect with Amber on Twitter @amberjkeyser.