Body Work: Beauty and Self-Image in American Culture by Debra Gimlin

By Debra Gimlin

this present day girls 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." full of the voices of genuine girls, this e-book unravels the advanced emotional and highbrow motivations that force them as they confront American culture's unreachable attractiveness beliefs. This strong feminist learn lucidly and compellingly argues opposed to the concept that the recognition of physique paintings implies that ladies are enslaved to a male-fashioned "beauty myth." crucial studying for figuring out present debates on good looks, physique paintings demonstrates that ladies really use physique paintings to flee that good looks myth.

Debra Gimlin makes a speciality of 4 websites the place she carried out in-depth research--a attractiveness salon, aerobics periods, a cosmetic surgery hospital, and a social and political association for obese girls. The sincere and provocative interviews incorporated during this publication 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 exhibit that ladies 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 lifestyles adventure for lots of girls who pick out it, whereas hairstyling turns into an area for laying declare to expert and social category identities.

This ebook develops a resounding photo of ways ladies use physique paintings to barter the connection among physique and self, a procedure that necessarily includes coming to phrases with bodies' deviation from cultural beliefs. one of many few reviews that comes with empirical facts of women's personal interpretations of physique paintings, this crucial undertaking is additionally dependent firmly in cultural stories, symbolic interactionism, and feminism. With this e-book, Debra Gimlin provides her voice to these of students who're now having a look past the outside of the sweetness delusion to the advanced truth of women's lives.

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