Entomology of the Pin-Up Girl  

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"FIRST, LET us not confuse the pin-up girl with the pornographic or erotic imagery that dates from the dark backward and abysm of time. The pinup girl is a specific erotic phenomenon, both as to form and function." --"Entomology of the Pin-Up Girl" (1946) by André Bazin

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"Entomologie de la pin-up girl" (English: Entomology of the Pin-Up Girl) is an essay by André Bazin first published in L'Écran français issue 77, September 1946 and later collected in What is Cinema?.

The essay starts with a definition and morphology of the pin-up girl:

"A wartime product created for the benefit of the American soldiers swarming to a long exile at the four corners of the world, the pin-up girl soon became an industrial product, subject to well-fixed norms and as stable in quality as peanut butter or chewing gum. Rapidly perfected, like the jeep, among those things specifically stipulated for modern American military sociology, she is a perfectly harmonized product of given racial, geographic, social and religious influences."

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