Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write about Body Image And Identity

Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write about Body Image And Identity

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In more than 20 candid and humorous essays, a diverse group of women explore how they have chosen to ignore, subvert, or redefine the standard of beauty. These women break down modern culture's feminine ideal and reinvent it for themselves.See more details below

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In more than 20 candid and humorous essays, a diverse group of women explore how they have chosen to ignore, subvert, or redefine the standard of beauty. These women break down modern culture's feminine ideal and reinvent it for themselves.

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BUST Magazine
Mattel should pack a copy of Adios, Barbie into the box with every Barbie doll. That way, just when girls realize the damage being done to them by that doll, they can whip out a copy of this wonderful book and acknowledge and understand the power of their bodies and minds.
VOYA - Katie O'Dell Madison
The provocative and progressive "grrl" movement is well represented by a myriad of young female voices in this collection of essays on the body as an icon, a stereotype, a shame, and a celebration. Contributors represent an interesting mix of the next generation of activist-writers varying from a young Indian woman musing on men's perceptions of her as a mysterious sex goddess, to a "token radical, transsexual, disabled dyke" reveling in her uniqueness. All focus on the body and provide fresh, occasionally radical voices on what obsesses millions of women. As a whole, the entries work together to support the idea of saying good-bye to the static image of one ideal as beauty. One particularly wry essay suggests the inclusion of Birkenstock Barbie, Body Piercing Barbie, and Blue Collar Barbie to round out the stable. This writing is for and by young women in their late teens and early twenties, and contains raw language appropriate to the topic and intended audience. A significant loud and proud contribution to the Third Wave of feminism. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).
Lori L. Tharps
...[E]xamines the detrimental effects of our collective adoration for Barbie.
Entertainment Weekly
Stephanie Bleyer
With her nearly unattainable proportions, Barbie probably has never struggled with the body image issues facing today's woman. The archaic beauty standard Barbie represents has inspired 28 women writers to examine the influence of body image over identity in Adios Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image And Identity (Seal Press, 1998). In their essays, the writers, who vary in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, offer a fresh and diverse perspective on the female body, in such chapters as "My Jewish Nose" and "The Skinny on Small". In "Becoming La Mujer," Marisa Navarro writes, "After twenty-one years of confusion, I realize I could be happy only when I defined my own idea of beauty and sensuality." Ironically, the book'message is similar to the slogan featured in a recent advertisement for Barbie: "Become your own hero."
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ISBN-13:
9781580050166
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Live Girls Series
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.63(d)

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