The Politics of Women's Bodies

The Politics of Women's Bodies : Sexuality, Appearance and Behavior

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This anthology describes three themes: the social construction of ideas about women's bodies, the impact of these ideas on women's lives, and the potential for and limitations on women's resistance to these ideas. Selections cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, and were selected for their accessibility and for their attention to issues of class, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. With the exception of two classic articles, all articles were published in the last decade. One-quarter of the articles are new to this edition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1 line illus
  • 0195149777
  • 9780195149777
  • 1,696,684

Table of contents

PART 1: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WOMEN'S BODIES; 1. A History of Women's Bodies; 2. Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology; 3. Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power; 4. Women and Medicalization: A New Perspective; PART 2: THE POLITICS OF SEXUALITY; 5. From the 'Muscle Moll' to the 'Butch' Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia; 6. Menarche and the (Hetero)sexualization of the Female Body; 7. Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls; 8. Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace; PART 3: THE POLITICS OF APPEARANCE; 9. Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power through Resistance and Accommodation; 10. Breasted Experience; 11. Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and the Colonization of Women's Bodies; 12. Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian American Women and Cosmetic Surgery; 13. Mirror Mirror; 14. Casing My Joints: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis; PART 4: POLITICS, BODIES AND BEHAVIOR; 15. Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools; 16. Holding Back: Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Strength; 17. Till Death Us Do Part; 18. Meno-Boomer and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of Menopause; 19. The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor Women and Women of Color; 20. Fetal Rights: A New Assault on Feminismshow more

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Praise for the first edition: "The Politics of Women's Bodies is extraordinary. It took my breath away. It's a stunning and powerful array of some of my favorite pieces, plus several I had not known about. It is perfect for my introductory women's study course and I am already looking for other courses where I can also include it."--Mary F. Rogers, University of West Florida"An amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to issues of body image across race, sexual orientation, and generational lines."--K. Springer, Emory University Praise for the first edition: "The Politics of Women's Bodies is extraordinary. It took my breath away. It's a stunning and powerful array of some of my favorite pieces, plus several I had not known about. It is perfect for my introductory women's study course and I am already looking for other courses where I can also include it."--Mary F. Rogers, University of West Florida"An amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to issues of body image across race, sexual orientation, and generational lines."--K. Springer, Emory University Praise for the first edition: "The Politics of Women's Bodies is extraordinary. It took my breath away. It's a stunning and powerful array of some of my favorite pieces, plus several I had not known about. It is perfect for my introductory women's study course and I am already looking for other courses where I can also include it."--Mary F. Rogers, University of West Florida "An amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to issues of body image across race, sexual orientation, and generational lines."--K. Springer, Emory University Praise for the first edition: "The Politics of Women's Bodies is extraordinary. It took my breath away. It's a stunning and powerful array of some of my favorite pieces, plus several I had not known about. It is perfect for my introductory women's study course and I am already looking for other courses where I can also include it."--Mary F. Rogers, University of West Florida "An amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to issues of body image across race, sexual orientation, and generational lines."--K. Springer, Emory University Praise for the first edition: "The Politics of Women's Bodies is extraordinary. It took my breath away. It's a stunning and powerful array of some of my favorite pieces, plus several I had not known about. It is perfect for my introductory women's study course and I am already looking for other courses where I can also includeit."--Mary F. Rogers, University of West Florida"An amazingly accessible and thorough introduction to issues of body image across race, sexual orientation, and generational lines."--K. Springer, Emory Universityshow more

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