Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004) by Ruth Leitman. With names like The Fabulous Moolah, The Great Mae Young and Gladys “Kill ‘Em” Gillem, a group of American women questioned the narrow female ideal of the 40s and 50s. They did so with their fists and were both celebrated and hooted at. Hear uncovered stories about the first American female wrestlers and their fights both inside and outside of the ring. A fight that shaped the future for forthcoming generations of female athletes. Despite what you think about wrestling, these women’s bittersweet memories and stories are as entertaining as fascinating. Ruth Leitman gives us an intimate and respectful portrait of these groundbreaking amazons, in long interviews mixed with archival photographs and video clips.