Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness

Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness

by Kim Chernin


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Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness by Kim Chernin

The Obsession is a deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society's increasing demand that women be thin. It offers a careful, thought provoking discussion of the reasons men have encouraged this obsession and women have embraced it. It is a book about women's efforts to become thin rather than to accept the natural dimensions of their bodies--a book about the meaning of food and its rejection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060925055
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1994
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,335,440
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kim Chernin is a guest instructor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, where she teaches a course in psychoanalytic models with Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer. She is the author of two books about eros and memory, Crossing the Border  and Sex and other Sacred Games  (with Renee Stendhal); a trilogy of books on hunger, The Obsession, The Hungry Self,  and Reinventing Eve;  a novel, The Flame Bearers;  a memoir, In My Mother's House;  a collection of poetry, The Hunger Song;  a book about psychoanalysis, A Different Kind of Listening;  and a spiritual memoir, In My Father's Garden.  She has studed music on her own since the age of seven, when she first began to play the piano.

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