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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is unique and fills an important gap. One of the strengths is the equal weight given to empowerment and agency alongside inequality and control. This makes for great class discussions on why women treat their bodies the way they do. It also offers such cutting-edge and compelling case studies and topics! It is an excellent resource and discussion of the body and contemporary politics, and is both theoretical and empirical, interdisciplinary and cutting edge, and readable and engaging."—Winifred Poster, Washington University

"I LOVE this book. I would be miserable teaching my 'gender, sexuality, and the body' course without it."—Laura Carpenter, Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195390636
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 765,437
  • 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).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Social Construction of Women's Bodies 1
1 A History of Women's Bodies 3
2 Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology 12
3 Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power 25
4 Women and Medicalization: A New Perspective 46
Pt. 2 The Politics of Sexuality 65
5 From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports 67
6 Menarche and the (Hetero)sexualization of the Female Body 82
7 Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls 100
8 Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace 122
Pt. 3 The Politics of Appearance 133
9 Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and Accommodation 135
10 Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feeling 152
11 Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women's Bodies 164
12 Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic Surgery 184
13 Mirror Mirror 201
14 Casing My Joints: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis 206
Pt. 4 Politics, Bodies, and Behavior 217
15 Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools 219
16 "Holding Back": Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Strength 240
17 Till Death Us Do Part 257
18 Meno-Boomers and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of Menopause 271
19 The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor Women and Women of Color 282
20 "Fetal Rights": A New Assault on Feminism 290
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