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Debutante: Rites and Regalia of American Debdom (Cultureamerica)It is an institution that seems almost hopelessly out of date, a social relic of bygone times. The very word “debutante” evokes images of prim, poised beauty, expensive gowns, and sumptuous balls, all of which seem anachronistic in these post-women’s liberation times. But as Karal Ann Marling reveals, debdom in America is alive and well and ever evolving.For thousands of young women every year, the society debut remains a vital rite of passage, a demonstration of female power; debs continu…