Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body / Edition 2

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body / Edition 2

by Susan Bordo, Leslie Heywood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520240545

ISBN-13: 9780520240544

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: University of California Press


"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body—weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more—in a way that makes sense of our current social

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"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body—weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more—in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape—finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it!"—Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240544
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Edition description:
Second Edition, Tenth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
558,829
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Reading Bordoix
In the Empire of Images: Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Editionxiii
Acknowledgmentsxxxvii
Introduction: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body1
Part 1Discourses and Conceptions of the Body
Whose Body Is This? Feminism, Medicine, and the Conceptualization of Eating Disorders45
Are Mothers Persons? Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Subject-ivity71
Hunger as Ideology99
Part 2The Slender Body and Other Cultural Forms
Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture139
The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity165
Reading the Slender Body185
Part 3Postmodern Bodies
Feminism, Postmodernism, and Gender Skepticism215
"Material Girl": The Effacements of Postmodern Culture245
Postmodern Subjects, Postmodern Bodies, Postmodern Resistance277
Notes301
Index343

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