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By Debra Gimlin

this present day ladies are lifting weights to construct muscle, wrapping their our bodies in seaweed to lessen undesirable water retention, attending weigh-ins at vitamin facilities, and devoting themselves to many different sorts of "body work." choked with the voices of genuine ladies, this publication unravels the complex emotional and highbrow motivations that force them as they confront American culture's unreachable good looks beliefs. This strong feminist examine lucidly and compellingly argues opposed to the concept the recognition of physique paintings implies that ladies are enslaved to a male-fashioned "beauty myth." crucial examining for realizing present debates on good looks, physique paintings demonstrates that girls truly use physique paintings to flee that good looks myth.

Debra Gimlin specializes in 4 websites the place she carried out in-depth research--a attractiveness salon, aerobics periods, a cosmetic surgery health facility, and a social and political association for obese ladies. The sincere and provocative interviews incorporated during this ebook discover those women's emotions approximately their our bodies, their purposes for trying to switch or come to phrases with them, and the reactions of others of their lives. those interviews convey that girls are redefining their identities via their participation in physique paintings, that they're engaged on their self-images up to on their our bodies. cosmetic surgery, for instance, finally is an empowering existence event for lots of girls who pick out it, whereas hairstyling turns into an area for laying declare to expert and social type identities.

This e-book develops a powerful photograph of ways girls use physique paintings to barter the connection among physique and self, a approach that necessarily contains coming to phrases with bodies' deviation from cultural beliefs. one of many few reports that comes with empirical facts of women's personal interpretations of physique paintings, this crucial undertaking can also be dependent firmly in cultural reviews, symbolic interactionism, and feminism. With this ebook, Debra Gimlin provides her voice to these of students who're now taking a look past the skin of the sweetness fable to the advanced fact of women's lives.

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