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Am I Thin Enough Yet? by Sharlene Hesse-Biber
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Jun 01, 12

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Read from May 31 to June 01, 2012


Well written and dense, packing a lot into one slim volume, a perfect balance between anecdotal evidence in the form of life stories told by the people Prof. Hesse-Biber interviewed and the cold hard facts and figures she lays out. Beyond all the problems people are developing by being taught to hate their own bodies, the part I found the most eye opening was when she points out how much money there is to be made by making people miserable, offering all sorts of expensive and dubious products and services to make them “happy”, i.e. thin.

Only problem is this book is already heavily dated – so I’ll have to check out the new edition to see what the oughts have wrought in terms of our culture’s perfidious message that thin=happy.
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