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By Debra Gimlin

this 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 different types of "body work." jam-packed with the voices of actual girls, this booklet unravels the complex emotional and highbrow motivations that force them as they confront American culture's unreachable attractiveness beliefs. This strong feminist research lucidly and compellingly argues opposed to the concept that the recognition of physique paintings implies that girls are enslaved to a male-fashioned "beauty myth." crucial interpreting for knowing present debates on attractiveness, physique paintings demonstrates that girls truly use physique paintings to flee that attractiveness myth.

Debra Gimlin makes a speciality of 4 websites the place she carried out in-depth research--a attractiveness salon, aerobics sessions, a cosmetic surgery health center, and a social and political association for obese ladies. The sincere and provocative interviews integrated 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 exhibit 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 plenty of girls who pick out it, whereas hairstyling turns into an area for laying declare to specialist and social type identities.

This e-book develops a powerful photo of the way girls use physique paintings to barter the connection among physique and self, a strategy that unavoidably comprises 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 venture can be dependent firmly in cultural reports, symbolic interactionism, and feminism. With this booklet, Debra Gimlin provides her voice to these of students who're now taking a look past the skin of the wonder fantasy to the advanced truth of women's lives.

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