Cleavage: Technology, Controversy, and the Ironies of the Man-Made Breast

Cleavage: Technology, Controversy, and the Ironies of the Man-Made Breast

by Nora Jacobson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813527155

ISBN-13: 9780813527154

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Women's breasts have been idealized as symbols of femininity and motherhood. They have held great social and psychological significance as objects drawing intrusive gazes, and as images of self worth to be measured against an idealized form. It is no wonder, then, that a technology emerged to alter and "enhance" their appearance. Nora Jacobson traces the

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Women's breasts have been idealized as symbols of femininity and motherhood. They have held great social and psychological significance as objects drawing intrusive gazes, and as images of self worth to be measured against an idealized form. It is no wonder, then, that a technology emerged to alter and "enhance" their appearance. Nora Jacobson traces the hundred-year history of one such technology: breast implants.

Organized both chronologically and thematically, this book examines the history of breast implant technology from 1895 to 1990, including the controversies that erupted in the early 1990s over the safety of the devices and the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of their use. Jacobson examines such topics as politics and bias in medical practice and the role of bureaucracies, corporations, and governments in establishing policy and regulating implant technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527154
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Staging Babel: A Chronicle of the Controversy14
2The Paradox of the Natural48
3A Pleasing Enlargement from Within73
4The Medical Construction of Need (Or, the "Psychology of the Flat-Chested Woman")106
5Real Suffering: The Creation of Silicone Disease144
6The Specialty Nearest Sculpture in the Living171
7A Calculus of Risk202
8After Babel: An Epilogue232
Notes253
Index287

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