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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 bodyand#151;weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much moreand#151;in a way that makes sense of our current social landscapeand#151;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!"and#151;Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)

"This is a terrific book!"and#151;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 (California, 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."and#151;Susan Griffin, author of The Book of Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001)

"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 ourselvesand#133;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." and#151;from the foreword by Leslie Heywood

Synopsis:

Bordo examines how women's fantasies of transcending their material existence have led to narcissistic efforts to reinvent themselves. The author's new preface brings the book up to date, adding to the ranks of the increasingly important research on women and their bodies.

Synopsis:

"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the bodyand#151;weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much moreand#151;in a way that makes sense of our current social landscapeand#151;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!"and#151;Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)

Synopsis:

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: "Original, stimulating, and witty." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

About the Author

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).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240544
Foreword:
Heywood, Leslie
Publisher:
University of California Press
Foreword by:
Heywood, Leslie
Foreword:
Heywood, Leslie
Author:
Heywood, Leslie
Author:
Bordo, Susan
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body image
Subject:
Self-esteem in women
Subject:
Feminist criticism
Subject:
Feminine beauty
Subject:
Self-esteem in women -- United States.
Subject:
Body, Human -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Edition Number:
10
Edition Description:
Second Edition, Tenth Anniversary Edition
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 b/w photographs
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 22 oz

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Product details 398 pages University of California Press - English 9780520240544 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Bordo examines how women's fantasies of transcending their material existence have led to narcissistic efforts to reinvent themselves. The author's new preface brings the book up to date, adding to the ranks of the increasingly important research on women and their bodies.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the bodyand#151;weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much moreand#151;in a way that makes sense of our current social landscapeand#151;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!"and#151;Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)
"Synopsis" by , PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: "Original, stimulating, and witty." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
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