Politics of Women's Bodies Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior

ISBN-10: 0195390636
ISBN-13: 9780195390636
Edition: 3rd 2010
Authors: Rose Weitz
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Description: For the past three decades, feminist scholars have examined how the female body and ideas about the female body affect women's lives. Revised and updated in its third edition, The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.20" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

For the past three decades, feminist scholars have examined how the female body and ideas about the female body affect women's lives. Revised and updated in its third edition, The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior brings together recent critical writings in this important field. The selections reflect three themes: how ideas about women's bodies in the United States are socially constructed, how these social constructions can be used to control women's lives, and how women attempt to resist these forces. Exceptionally well-written and edited for accessibility, the articles cover a wide range of topics and also address issues of class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Featuring eleven new cutting-edge articles, the third edition of The Politics of Women's Bodies expands the book's focus with coverage of intersexuality, fatness, body modification, images of African American and Latina women, Goth culture and women's sexuality, how poverty is marked on the female body, how boys' concerns about masculinity lead them to subjugate girls' bodies, and other issues. This edition also includes new introductions to each article that explain key concepts and put the articles in context. A unique interdisciplinary anthology, The Politics of Women's Bodies, Third Edition, is ideal for undergraduate courses on the body or sexuality. It is also an excellent fit for introductory courses in women's studies as well as courses in women and health, feminist theory, and the psychology, anthropology, or sociology of women.

Preface
The Social Construction of Women's Bodies
A History of Women's Bodies
Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideology
Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools
Women and Medicalization: A New Perspective
Affronting Reason
Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power
The Politics of Sexuality
Menarche and the (Hetero) sexualization of the Female Body
Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls
"Get Your Freak On": Sex, Babies, and Images of Black Femininity
Brian, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture
"So Full of Myself as a Chick": Goth Women, Sexual Independence, and Gender Egalitarianism
The Politics of Appearance
Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feeling
Designing Women: Cultural Hegemony and the Exercise of Power among Women Who Have Undergone Elective Mammoplasty
Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and Accommodation
Branded with Infamy: Inscriptions of Poverty and Class in the United States
Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship
Rip Tide: Swimming Through Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Reclaiming the Female Body: Women Body Modifiers and Feminist Debates
The Politics of Behavior
From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sport
"Holding Back": Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Strength
Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and Dominance
Till Death Us Do Part
Backlash and Continuity: The Political Trajectory of Fetal Rights

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