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The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

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Publisher Comments:

"Timely and sympathetic . . . a work of impassioned advocacy." --People

A hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same. The ideal of the day, however, was inner beauty: a focus on good deeds and a pure heart. Today American women have more social choices and personal freedom than ever before. But fifty-three percent of our girls are dissatisfied with their bodies by the age of thirteen, and many begin a pattern of weight obsession and dieting as early as eight or nine. Why?

In The Body Project, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg answers this question, drawing on diary excerpts and media images from 1830 to the present. Tracing girls' attitudes toward topics ranging from breast size and menstruation to hair, clothing, and cosmetics, she exposes the shift from the Victorian concern with inner beauty to our modern focus on outward appearance--in particular, the desire to be model-thin and sexy. Compassionate, insightful, and gracefully written, The Body Project explores the gains and losses adolescent girls have inherited since they shed the corset and the ideal of virginity for a new world of sexual freedom and consumerism--a world in which the body is their primary project.

"Joan Brumberg's book offers us an insightful and entertaining history behind the destructive mantra of the '90s--'I hate my body!'" --Katie Couric

About the Author

The author of Fasting Girls:The History of Anorexia Nervosa, Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, where she holds a unique appointment teaching in the fields of history, human development, and women's studies.Her research and sensitive writing about American women and girls have been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony.She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Awards Brumberg has received include the Berkshire Book Prize for the best book by a woman historian, given by the Berkshire Women's History Conference (1988); the John Hope Franklin Prize for the best book in American Studies, given by the American Studies Association (1989); the Eil

Table of Contents

Introduction: the body as evidence — The body's new timetable: how the life course of American girls has changed — Sanitizing puberty: the American way to menstruate — Perfect skin — Body projects — The disappearance of virginity: sexual expression and sexual danger — Girl advocacy again.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307755742
Subtitle:
An Intimate History of American Girls
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Brumberg, Joan Jacobs
Author:
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Psychology : Psychopathology - Eating Disorders
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Body, Human -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Adolescence - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Life Stages - Adolescence
Subject:
Teenage girls -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Young women -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Parenting Teens
Subject:
Feminist Studies-Body Image
Subject:
Gender Studies-Body Issues
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980901
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
267

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Parenting Teens
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Eating Disorders
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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