Consuming Cultures

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Consuming Cultures blog by Marilyn Morgan
Consuming Cultures is a blog created by Marilyn Morgan with numerous well-researched articles that delve into the history of swimwear, swimming, and advertising in America.

Marilyn Morgan

Morgan is a swimmer, writer, researcher, an innovative project manager, an archivist, and a specialist in gender issues. She is the Manuscript Processing Archivist at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at that Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.


Morgan focuses on inspiring, supporting, and disseminating academic research, especially related to women’s issues in popular culture. Her research investigates 20th-century and contemporary American history, popular culture, and material culture, especially advertising; consumerism; marketing to women; socially constructed gender roles; cultural aesthetics and beauty pageants; cosmetics; women and sport, media treatment of women athletes; youth culture; body image; dieting; gendering of sport; women’s swimming; eroticization of women athletes; and beach culture.

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