Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America
Not so long ago, what the average American man did mattered more than how he looked. Since the 1970s, however, projecting the right look has become more and more essential, and men are spending millions of dollars on fitness training, bodybuilding, hair replacement, and cosmetic surgery in the relentles ...more
One of the governing interpretive ideas I’ve had related to reading this book is that any work in comparative gender studies is that of change. If things say the same there can be no comparison and there is nothing interesting to write. This study is accurate in that it chronicles a legitimate change, but it doe ...more
Looking Good is a great introduction for people who want to learn about the development of male aesthetics over the past century. I enjoyed learning about the evolution of appearance aids especially; Luciano doesn’t go into great depth on the various procedures, but I felt like what she explained was enough for the purposes of her book. Luciano’s strength is always tying back what happened with why it was happening – I love that – lots of connections all over the place! Yay.
The organization of t...more
As well as being extremely insightful about changing values, Ms. Luciano also shows the benefits and detriments of ...more