Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Dec 2, 2003 - 398 pages
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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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Review: Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

User Review  - Noemi Vega - Goodreads

Bordo gives a critique of modern and postmodern conceptions of "body," "embodiment," and gender through the lens of Western Feminism, culture, and (intriguingly) "abnormal" eating behaviors such as ... Read full review

Review: Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

This collection of essays is truly amazing and eye-opening. I really enjoyed every single one. Susan Bordo does a great job of creating a dialogue about eating disorders and highlighting the many ... Read full review

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Page 12 - The difference between men and women is like that between animals and plants. Men correspond to animals, while women correspond to plants because their development is more placid and the principle that underlies it is the rather vague unity of feeling.
Page 27 - There is no need for arms, physical violence, material constraints. Just a gaze. An inspecting gaze, a gaze which each individual under its weight will end by interiorizing to the point that he is his own overseer, each individual thus exercising this surveillance over, and against, himself.

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Susan Bordo is Professor of Philosophy and Otis A. Singletary Chair of Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of "Uncovering the Male Body" (forthcoming, 1999), "Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body" (California, 1993), and "The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesiansim and Culture" (1987), and is also the coeditor of "Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing" (1989).

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