This eye-opening look at twenty-first century culture and its impact on women reveals how food and weight obsession, driven in no small part by images of celebrities openly wasting away, threatens a new generation of girls as the feminist exhortation that 'you can do anything' is twisted into 'you must do everything.' It also inspires readers to consider what wonderful things might happen if the madness stopped once and for all.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Courtney E. Martin has written for the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications, and received her BA from Barnard College and MA from New York University.
Table of Contents
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters 17
From Good to Perfect: Feminism's Unintended Legacy 37
The Male Mirror: Her Father's Eyes 65
(Perfect) Girl Talk: Inside Today's Teenagers' Minds and Stomachs 92
Sex as a Cookie: Growing Up Hungry 114
The Revolution Still Will Not Be Televised: Pop, Hip-hop, Race, and the Media 141
What Men Want: The Truth About Attraction, Porn, and the Pursuit 168
All-or-Nothing Nation: Diets, Extreme Makeovers, and the Obesity Epidemic 194
Past the Dedication Is Disease: Athletic Obsession 221
The College Years: Body Obsession Boot Camp 245
The Real World Ain't No MTV: How the Body Becomes the Punching Bag for Post-College Disappointment 268
Spiritual Hunger 292
Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Our New Stories 316
Resource Guide 337
Readers Guide 379
What People are Saying About This
An engaging and heartbreaking account of the tragic circumstances girls and women find themselves in today as they struggle to find a body they can feel secure with. (Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue)
A long overdue takedown of our culture's unhealthy obsession with physical appearancesand what it's doing to our kids.
Fresh analysis...will bring insight to a whole new group of teenagers and young women.
“A long overdue takedown of our culture’s unhealthy obsession with physical appearances—and what it’s doing to our kids.”—Arianna Huffington
“Smart and spirited…thought-provoking reading.”—New York Times
“An engaging and heartbreaking account of the tragic circumstances girls and women find themselves in today as they struggle to find a body they can feel secure with.”—Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue
“Fresh analysis…will bring insight to a whole new group of teenagers and young women.” —Naomi Wolf
“Heartbreaking…Martin explores the forces that drive young women to sacrifice themselves on the altar of perfection.”—Publishers Weekly