The Obsession

The Obsession : Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness

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A deeply committed, eloquent analysis of the increasing demand that women be thin. "Kim Chernin quietly and thoroughly undermines--one hopes forever--the popular, widely endured tyranny of 'thinness' over women's bodies and souls."--Alice Walker"Eloquently written, passionate in its rhetoric and consistently absorbing." "--New York Times"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 136 x 202 x 15mm | 280g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060925051
  • 9780060925055
  • 579,683

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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.
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134 ratings
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3 25% (34)
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