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Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children presents a review of what is presently known and the results of some new research on body image. It compares the effects of gender, sexuality, social class, age and ethnicity on satisfaction with the way we look and suggests how these differences arise. Why, for instance, are heterosexual men much happier with their body images than women or gay men?
Sarah Grogan discusses the effect of media presentation of the ideal body and other cultural influences. Surprisingly, despite the almost exclusive media preference for very young female bodies, she finds that older women are not less satisfied with their bodies than younger women.
Written for readers from a variety of disciplines, this clear and eclectic book will make the ideal text for students from psychology, sociology, gender and media studies.
Introduction. Culture and Body Image. The Idealization of Slenderness. The Basis of Body Shape Ideals. Summary. Women and Body Satisfaction. Assessment of Body Satisfaction. Social Construction of Femininity. Summary. Men and Body Satisfaction. Assessment of Body Satisfaction. Social Construction of Masculinity. Summary. Media Effects. Media Portrayal of the Body. Mass Communication Models. Recent Developments. Reducing the Effects of Media Imagery. Summary. Age, Social Class, Ethnicity and Sexuality. Body Image across the Lifespan. Ethnicity and Body Satisfaction. Social Class and Body Satisfaction. Body Shape, Sexual Attractiveness and Sexuality. Summary. Conclusions and Implications. Groups with Low Body Satisfaction. Development of a Positive Body Image. General Conclusions. Summary.