Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women

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This eye-opening look at twenty-first century culture and its impact on women reveals how food and weight obsession, driven in no small part by images of celebrities openly wasting away, threatens a new generation of girls as the feminist exhortation that 'you can do anything' is twisted into 'you must do everything.' It also inspires readers to consider what wonderful things might happen if the madness stopped once and for all.

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Overview

This eye-opening look at twenty-first century culture and its impact on women reveals how food and weight obsession, driven in no small part by images of celebrities openly wasting away, threatens a new generation of girls as the feminist exhortation that 'you can do anything' is twisted into 'you must do everything.' It also inspires readers to consider what wonderful things might happen if the madness stopped once and for all.

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Smart and spirited...thought-provoking reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425223369
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 176,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Courtney E. Martin, M.A., received degrees from Barnard College and New York University.
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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters     17
From Good to Perfect: Feminism's Unintended Legacy     37
The Male Mirror: Her Father's Eyes     65
(Perfect) Girl Talk: Inside Today's Teenagers' Minds and Stomachs     92
Sex as a Cookie: Growing Up Hungry     114
The Revolution Still Will Not Be Televised: Pop, Hip-hop, Race, and the Media     141
What Men Want: The Truth About Attraction, Porn, and the Pursuit     168
All-or-Nothing Nation: Diets, Extreme Makeovers, and the Obesity Epidemic     194
Past the Dedication Is Disease: Athletic Obsession     221
The College Years: Body Obsession Boot Camp     245
The Real World Ain't No MTV: How the Body Becomes the Punching Bag for Post-College Disappointment     268
Spiritual Hunger     292
Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Our New Stories     316
Resource Guide     337
Notes     343
Acknowledgments     361
Index     363
Readers Guide     379
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