The World Has Curves: The Global Quest for the Perfect Body

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American women today are faced with a paradox: they uphold an ideal of beauty—long, lean, toned—that increasingly bears little resemblance to truth about their size. Women around the world are spending more time, money, and energy pursuing this ideal than ever before. So why does the “perfect body” remain so elusive? And why does the definition of “ideal” vary so widely between countries and cultures? The World Has Curves is journalist Julia Savacool's attempt to answer these questions. She takes readers on a ...

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Overview

American women today are faced with a paradox: they uphold an ideal of beauty—long, lean, toned—that increasingly bears little resemblance to truth about their size. Women around the world are spending more time, money, and energy pursuing this ideal than ever before. So why does the “perfect body” remain so elusive? And why does the definition of “ideal” vary so widely between countries and cultures? The World Has Curves is journalist Julia Savacool's attempt to answer these questions. She takes readers on a world tour—from China, where the plastic surgery industry is booming; to South Africa, where a heavier shape signals health in a country ravaged by disease; to Afghanistan, where the burka once again reigns supreme. Through extensive reporting and intimate interviews, she offers readers an understanding of how body ideals—in America and abroad—have come to be inextricably linked to the economics of a culture and the impact of globalization. From news programs to reality shows, from prime time comedy to national advertising campaigns, the topic of women's bodies and our collective judgment of the perfect shape is ever-present. This engaging narrative is newsworthy and provocative and will advance our cultural conversation.

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Savacool (articles director, Fitness magazine) has written a breezy exploration of the search for the ideal female body, examining the lengths to which women worldwide will go to achieve one. Unfortunately, many of her arguments are problematic; the book is at times contradictory (particularly in Savacool's readings of globalization), and it contains numerous claims with little backing or with selective readings of supporting texts. Rejecting the notion of a male-dominated system that dictates standards of female beauty without providing any cogent alternatives, Savacool merely trades the concept of an ideal body reached through dieting and plastic surgery for one achieved through exercise and fitness. VERDICT While there are some attention-grabbing examinations of beauty around the world, and while this is certainly a topic of interest to many readers, Savacool often adopts the language of the multibillion-dollar beauty industry to claim that striving for the body ideal through devotion to fitness is, in the 21st century, about empowerment rather than consumerism. (Endnotes and index not seen.) Optional.—Julie Biando Edwards, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605299389
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,448,856
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIA SAVACOOL is the articles director for Fitness magazine and has previously held editorial positions at Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, and Self. Her award-winning stories and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, and many other publications. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Enjoyable

    The World Has Curves offers an impressive take on various female body ideals around the world today. Taking note of how body image has changed over the ages due to economic and social standards, this book offers a rational voice in the arena of an otherwise unrealistic ideal. Julia Savacool has done her research, yet presents facts without being crass. A sensitive topic for most - this book left me feeling elated.

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