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

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

by Courtney E. Martin
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A long overdue takedown of our culture’s unhealthy obsession with physical appearances—and what it’s doing to our kids.”—Arianna Huffington

“Smart and spirited…thought-provoking reading.”—New York Times

“An engaging and heartbreaking account of the tragic circumstances girls and women find themselves in today as they struggle to find a body they can feel secure with.”—Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue

“Fresh analysis…will bring insight to a whole new group of teenagers and young women.” —Naomi Wolf

“Heartbreaking…Martin explores the forces that drive young women to sacrifice themselves on the altar of perfection.”—Publishers Weekly

New York Times
Smart and spirited...thought-provoking reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425223369
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
718,242
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Susie Orbach
An engaging and heartbreaking account of the tragic circumstances girls and women find themselves in today as they struggle to find a body they can feel secure with. (Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue)
Arianna Huffington
A long overdue takedown of our culture's unhealthy obsession with physical appearances—and what it's doing to our kids.
Naomi Wolf
Fresh analysis...will bring insight to a whole new group of teenagers and young women.
From the Publisher
“A long overdue takedown of our culture’s unhealthy obsession with physical appearances—and what it’s doing to our kids.”—Arianna Huffington

“Smart and spirited…thought-provoking reading.”—New York Times

“An engaging and heartbreaking account of the tragic circumstances girls and women find themselves in today as they struggle to find a body they can feel secure with.”—Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue

“Fresh analysis…will bring insight to a whole new group of teenagers and young women.” —Naomi Wolf

“Heartbreaking…Martin explores the forces that drive young women to sacrifice themselves on the altar of perfection.”—Publishers Weekly

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