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BODY PROJECT: INTIMATE HISTORY

ISBN: 9780679735298, Title: BODY PROJECT: INTIMATE HISTORY
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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 personal freedom than ever before. But 53 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. Why?

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, Joan Jacob Brumberg 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. The Body Project begins where Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice left off, exploring the new world of American girls in which the body -- dieted, sculpted, pierced, and frequently agonized over -- is now their primary project.

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  • Publisher:RANDOM HOUSE INC.
  • Binding: Trade Paper
  • ISBN-13:9780679735298
  • ISBN-10: 0679735291