Unbearable Weight by Susan Bordo
Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

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In this provocative book, Susan Bordo untangles the myths, ideologies, and pathologies of the modern female body. Bordo explores our tortured fascination with food, hunger, desire, and control, and its effects on women's lives.

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Susan Bordois Professor of Philosophy and Singletary Chair of Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She is the author ofThe Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture(1987) and co-editor ofGender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing(1989).
Published September 7, 1993 by University of California Press. 362 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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A cerebral introduction to liberal feminist thinking that's humanized by the author's anecdotes of her own experience as a female body (e.g., confessing to the delights of making stuffed cabbage) and that demonstrates what it advocates: ``What the body does is immaterial, so long as the imaginati...

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Bordo explores women's obsessions with appearance, their struggles to control food and hunger, and the pressures brought on by a society that worships the ideal female figure. (Mar.)

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