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The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior
by Rose Weitz
For nearly three decades, feminist scholars have examined how the female body and ideas about the female body affect women's lives. The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 2/e, brings together recent critical writings in this important field, covering such diverse topics as the sources of eating disorders, the nature of lesbianism, and the cons ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 19th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published March 19th 1998)
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Female bodies, as the author shows have never been thought of as belonging to the individual female. This concept has always had some male justification based on religious scientific and/or medical belief. Historically female bodies were thought to be property of the father to be passed onto a husband. While treatment of females has in seen improvement in many areas we still find that women today are not treated as equals various authorities’ still issue opinion that female bodies and/or minds ...more
Very dense reading in some areas, and delightfully quick yet informative in others. I would keep in mind the 1998 copyright date when reading, as I felt some of the articles were woefully outdated. however, even a few of the obviously outdated articles got me in thinking in ways I hadn't before, especially the last couple on fetal rights vs. mother's rights. Overall, I'd say it's still with skimming and actually reading any of the articles that seem interesting after a page or two.
I read this collection of essays for a Social Construction of Women's Bodies class. Mind blowing. Standout essays: Dworkin's "Holding Back": Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Stength, Young's "Breasted Experience", hooks' "Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace", Cahn's "From the 'Muscle Moll' to the 'Butch' Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports", and the last two pieces by Pollitt and Roberts on ...more