Unbearable Weight

Unbearable Weight : Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

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'"Unbearable Weight" is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body - weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more - in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape - finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it' - Katha Pollitt, "Nation" columnist and author of "Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture" (2001).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 544g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 55 b-w photographs
  • 0520240545
  • 9780520240544
  • 174,840

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"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body--weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more--in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape--finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it!"--Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture "This is a terrific book!"--Nancy J. Chodorow, author of The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (2001) and The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender (UC Press, 1999) "Susan Bordo's Unbearable Weight is a masterpiece of complex and nuanced thinking not only about a significant problem that faces women but about our culture. A very valuable book."--Susan Griffin, author of The Book of Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues "To read Susan Bordo is to take a wild ride through the cultural images that form our daily lives, and to see them with a startling X-ray vision that reveals their blood and guts and bones, a vision that reveals us, finally, to ourselves...Piece by piece, strand by careful strand, she shows the sources of our deepest anxieties in the history of philosophy, in gender and race ideologies and the way these get expressed in the cultural images that surround us. Unbearable Weight is, in its essence, a profound gift of insight, generosity, understanding. Though this edition marks the tenth anniversary of Unbearable Weight, these pages are as uncanny, insightful, and welcoming now as they were then. In living with us in the crazy, fast-moving world that is contemporary media culture, Susan Bordo is our guide, our companion, and our friend." --from the foreword by Leslie Heywood
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Table of contents

Foreword: Reading Bordo, by Leslie Heywood
In the Empire of Images: Preface to the
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Feminism, Western Culture, and
the Body

PART ONE DISCOURSES AND CONCEPTIONS OF THE BODY
Whose Body Is This? Feminism, Medicine, and the
Conceptualization of Eating Disorders
Are Mothers Persons? Reproductive Rights and the
Politics of Subject-ivity
Hunger as Ideology

PART TWO THE SLENDER BODY AND OTHER CULTURAL FORMS
Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the
Crystallization of Culture
The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity
Reading the Slender Body

PART THREE POSTMODERN BODIES
Feminism, Postmodernism, and Gender Skepticism
"Material Girl": The Effacements of Postmodern
Culture
Postmodern Subjects, Postmodern Bodies,
Postmodern Resistance

Notes
Index
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"This excellent study links the fear of women's fat with a fear of women's power and shows that as opportunities for women increase, their bodies dwindle." * New York Times * "Original, stimulating, and witty." * San Francisco Chronicle *
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About Susan Bordo

Susan Bordo is Singletary Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999), and Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (California, 1997).
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