Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth about Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the "Perfect" Body [NOOK Book]

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Often dressed in no more than a towel, author Leslie Goldman spent five years talking with women of all ages, shapes, and sizes about what goes into “shaping” not just their bodies but their body image. From compulsive workouts to daily dates with the scale to body fat measurements, American women are swept up in a constant quest for perfection. But the loudest voices here are those of the senior women who speak candidly of their long road to self-acceptance. Funny, smart, and confiding, Locker Room Diaries is a ...
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Overview

Often dressed in no more than a towel, author Leslie Goldman spent five years talking with women of all ages, shapes, and sizes about what goes into “shaping” not just their bodies but their body image. From compulsive workouts to daily dates with the scale to body fat measurements, American women are swept up in a constant quest for perfection. But the loudest voices here are those of the senior women who speak candidly of their long road to self-acceptance. Funny, smart, and confiding, Locker Room Diaries is a wake-up call for any woman who has ever wished her body were something other than it is; this book “reminds you that the ‘perfect’ body is your body.” (Wendy Shanker).
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Self-confessed "workout junkie" Goldman has written a lively but exhausting book about women's body image and the cult of the locker room. A recovered anorexic, Goldman has an M.A. in public health and writes for the American Medical Association, but you'd hardly know it from the tone of this glib, giggly and also judgmental book. Goldman interviewed members of her high-end Chicago gym, many women of different ages and racial backgrounds, and those close to her age (she's 30-ish) and size mostly sound crass and thin-obsessed. Thankfully, a few older women contribute greater insight. As concerned as Goldman is by female self-loathing and obsession with perfect bodies, she appears to dwell obsessively on other women's bodies in a not particularly kind or sensitive way, launching at one point into a diatribe about the vulgar, unsanitary public rituals she sees women performing in the locker room. Yet she seems equally uncomfortable with the quiet women who dash in and out clad in towels, deeming them "Thoroughly Modest Millies" and regales us with descriptions of her lacy thong underwear. Who can win in this game? Maybe Goldman should have interviewed women who aren't exercise junkies. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Booklist
[An] eminently suitable addition to women's studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738211817
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 307 KB

Meet the Author

Leslie Goldman, M.P.H., is a health writer for the American Medical Association. She also writes for the Chicago Tribune, Health, Marie Claire, People, and Redbook. She lives in Chicago.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Scourge to tails

    Not bad but you misspelled my name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Sonic High School Chapter 14

    *Tails didn't go to school Friday either. Cream was unsure if she should be worry about him not beening here or relived that he wasn't here so Sally couldn't tell him her secret but it didn't matter if Tails was here anyway. Sally was sick today so she wasn't here. It was after lunch and Cream was now heading towards her next class.*
    ???- Hey! Small one!*Cream turned to see a green hedgehog walking towards her*
    Cream- Who me?
    ???- Yea. What's wrong with Little Boy Blue?(you see what I did there Scorage. XD jk jk. On with the story!)
    Cream- Who?
    ???-*sighs annoyed* You know the only blue friend you have.
    Cream- You mean Sonic?
    ???- Good job! You can remember his name. Now what's wrong with him?*Cream was starting not to like this guy*
    Cream- I have no ideal.
    ???- You mean none of you had notice it?
    Cream- What?
    ???- He changed ever since the big fight with those crazy chicks.
    Cream- Those "crazy chicks" have names you know.
    ???- Whatever.
    ???-YOU! GET AWAY FROM HER!*Both she and the green hedgehog turned around to see Tails come towards them. His eyes blazing with anger*
    Cream- Tails? Your back?
    Tails- Yea and it's a good thing I did. I come to school to see you talking to this dirtbag.*points at the green hedgehog. He didn't seem bother my Tails outbrust*
    ???- Wow! I'm so offend! I should just run away and cry!*smirks* Chill dude. I'm just asking her what's wrong with Mr.Perfuct.
    Tails- Found out yourself!*He graps Cream's hand and leads her away leaving the green hedgehog smiling at them. After they turned a corner Cream breaks out of his grasp. Tails turned on her*
    Tails- Don't talk to that guy Cream! He's bad news!
    Cream- Who's he?
    Tails- That's Scorage. He's lower then Rouge and Sally put together.
    Cream- Rouge?*Rouge was just one of those people who just sit around acting cool and spread rumors*
    Tails- Just stay away from him okay. He isn't your type.
    Cream- I never saided he was.
    Tails- Well you were talking to him so I thought....well....that maybe...
    ???- Playing in really smooth there Tails.*Tails turned around surpised. There was Scorage standing behind him*
    Tails- GET OUT HERE!!*Scorage smiles as he walks away* Werido.*Tails mutters. The bell rings*Got to go bye!*he races down the hall*
    Cream- Wait Tails!
    Tails- Just stay away from him okay!*Cream nods and Tails leaves. Cream sighs and walks to her next class*

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    Posted August 26, 2011

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    Boobies

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