Overview

A mulitcultural anthology of fiction and  non-fiction literary narratives which addresses the  psychological and political aspects of a woman's body in  today's culture. An important and much-needed  book for women who seek to understand their bodies  and find independent, imaginative ways to cope with  aging, beauty...
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Minding the Body

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Overview

A mulitcultural anthology of fiction and  non-fiction literary narratives which addresses the  psychological and political aspects of a woman's body in  today's culture. An important and much-needed  book for women who seek to understand their bodies  and find independent, imaginative ways to cope with  aging, beauty expectations beauty expectations,  and ethnic comparisons.


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Editorial Reviews

Whitney Scott
The era of birth control pills and legalized abortions is a golden age of freedom compared with our grandmothers' times. Yet, as this collection of fiction and nonfiction suggests, many women's relationships to their bodies are complex and sometimes baffling. So many women hate their bodies, often as a manifestation of a media-influenced body consciousness that exalts a narrow range of physical proportions including ultraslender hips and large breasts. The same media that facilitate such self-loathing also minutely document excessive forms of body awareness (anorexia, bulimia, purging), although rarely the complicated interplay of thoughts and emotions that exacerbates those conditions. The writings at hand generally dissect women's obsessions with media-manufactured body ideals that turn women's bodies into sexual bargaining chips. As they do, they bring new meaning to the notion of selling and being sold and to the term "sexual politics".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307794741
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

"reading" the body: an introduction 1
a weight that women carry 15
the floating lightbulb 33
mirrors 53
coming into the end zone 75
the female body 89
thicker than water 95
beauty tips for the dead 107
first stirrings 139
out of habit, i start apologizing 147
department of the interior 159
beauty and the beast 175
keep them implanted and ignorant 187
inside a moroccan bath 193
changes 209
fighting natural 233
life-size 249
carnal acts 267
stiff upper lip 283
the story of my body 299
contributors' notes 315
permissions 319
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