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Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A valuable examination of the tyranny of body image--this time over men

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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 9th 2002 by Hill and Wang (first published November 5th 2000)
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Daniel
Jul 03, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was quick, worthwhile, and well-researched. I’m glad I read it. It’s basically the cream of this professor’s research in the evolution of male body image from the 50s to the early 00s.

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
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Danielle
Apr 05, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.



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Marsha
The passage of decades brings altered outlooks on everything that touches mankind in society. How men view themselves in relation to the world around them is no exception. Assistant Prof. Luciano digs deeply into the notions of health, beauty, virtue, masculinity, self esteem as well as the mechanics of desire as she probes just what constitutes “good looks” for modern American men.

As well as being extremely insightful about changing values, Ms. Luciano also shows the benefits and detriments of
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Oliver Bateman
A standard overview of changing standards of male beauty. Nothing special here, but the stuff about hair plugs was amusing. Worthwhile if you're looking to quickly familiarize yourself with the subject. Luciano's last name has changed but she's still around, teaching at a state university in California.
Rafal Cebula
Jan 13, 2016 Rafal Cebula rated it liked it
Fairly fascinating. Covers only 4 topics over the course of time. I believe they were physical fitness, hair, plastic surgery, and impotence. Sort of an odd construct for a book. It feels like 4 related term papers than a coherent novel.
Dante
Feb 01, 2008 Dante rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone wrote a book dissecting the most interesting topic on Earth: my everlasting vanity? I'm there!
Cambra
Mar 08, 2008 Cambra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
snaps in the scalp + experimental male enhancement + pumping iron = BEST PRESENTATION EVER.
Erin
May 22, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gets weirdly tangential at points and is a little unorganized, but overall pretty good.
Mikael
Aug 20, 2012 Mikael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fascinating, especially the chapters on penis enlargement surgery that put the doctor in jail!!!
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