The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior / Edition 3

The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior / Edition 3

by Rose Weitz
     
 

The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 2/e, brings together recent critical writings in this important field, covering such diverse topics as the sources of eating disorders, the nature of lesbianism, and the consequences of violence against women. With the exception of two classic articles, all pieces were published in the last decade,… See more details below

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The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 2/e, brings together recent critical writings in this important field, covering such diverse topics as the sources of eating disorders, the nature of lesbianism, and the consequences of violence against women. With the exception of two classic articles, all pieces were published in the last decade, and one-quarter of the selections are new to the second edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195390636
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
732,544
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Rose Weitz is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is the author of several books, including The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: A Critical Approach (2012) and Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives (2004).

Samantha Kwan is Associate Professor of Sociology and a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty affiliate at the University of Houston. She is coauthor of Framing Fat: Competing Constructions in Contemporary Culture (2013) and coeditor of Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules (2011).

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1The Social Construction of Women's Bodies1
1A History of Women's Bodies3
2Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology12
3Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power25
4Women and Medicalization: A New Perspective46
Pt. 2The Politics of Sexuality65
5From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports67
6Menarche and the (Hetero)sexualization of the Female Body82
7Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls100
8Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace122
Pt. 3The Politics of Appearance133
9Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and Accommodation135
10Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feeling152
11Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women's Bodies164
12Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic Surgery184
13Mirror Mirror201
14Casing My Joints: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis206
Pt. 4Politics, Bodies, and Behavior217
15Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools219
16"Holding Back": Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Strength240
17Till Death Us Do Part257
18Meno-Boomers and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of Menopause271
19The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor Women and Women of Color282
20"Fetal Rights": A New Assault on Feminism290

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