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Our Bodies Not Ourselves: WOMEN AGING FROM MENOPAUSE TO ONE HUNDRED

Our Bodies Not Ourselves: WOMEN AGING FROM MENOPAUSE TO ONE HUNDRED

by Kathryn A. Kirigin, Carol A.B. Warren

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Overview

In 1970, the best-seller Our Bodies Ourselves was published. The focus of the authors, the Boston Health Collective, was on the youthful female body: on reproduction, sexuality, genitalia, intimacy and relationships in the context of North American cultural expectations. Our Bodies Not Ourselves is also about the female body—but on women aging from menopause to 100. Like its predecessor, Our Bodies Not Ourselves covers sexuality, genitalia, intimacy, gender norms and relationships. But the aging woman's body has many other issues, from head to toe, from skeleton to skin, and from sleep to motion.

The book, an ethnography and Western cultural history of aging and gender, draws upon history, culture and social media, the authors’ own experiences as women of 70, and conversations and correspondence with more than two hundred women aged from 60-ish to 100. They consider the cultural and structural frameworks for contemporary aging: the long sweep of history, gendered cultural norms and the vast commercial and medical marketplaces for maintaining and altering the aging body. Part I, The Private Body, focuses on the embodied experiences of aging within our private households. Part II, The Public Body, explores weight, height, and adornment as old women appear among others. Part III, The Body With Others, sets the embodied experiences of aging women within their sexual and social relationships.



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ISBN-13: 9781138602373
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kathryn A. Kirigin is Professor Emerita at the University of Kansas, USA. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, among others.

Carol A.B. Warren is Professor Emerita at the University of Kansas, USA. She is the author of ten books, most recently The Lotos Eaters: Aging and Identity in a Yacht Club Community (Routledge, 2016), and nearly fifty articles, papers and reviews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue: Our Bodies Not Ourselves Chapter 1: The Aging Body From Past to Present PART I THE PRIVATE BODY Chapter 2: The Edifice: From Skeleton to Skin Chapter 3: Brain and Sense: The Pains and Pleasures of the Flesh PART II: THE PUBLIC BODY Chapter 4: The Body Observed: From Head to Toe Chapter 5: The Body in Outline: Unbearable Weight PART III: THE BODY WITH OTHERS Chapter 6: The Hall of Mirrors: Aging in Sexual and Social Relationships Chapter 7: Epilogue: Our Bodies Ourselves

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