Body Project An Intimate History of American Girls

ISBN-10: 0679735291

ISBN-13: 9780679735298

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Description: "Timely and sympathetic . . . a work of impassioned advocacy."         --People A hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same. The ideal of the day, however, was inner beauty: a focus on good deeds and a pure heart. Today American women have more social choices and personal freedom than ever before. But fifty-three percent of our girls are dissatisfied with their bodies by the age of thirteen, and many begin a pattern of weight obsession and dieting as early as eight or nine. Why? In The Body Project, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg answers this question, drawing on diary excerpts and media images from 1830 to the present. Tracing girls' attitudes toward topics ranging from breast size and menstruation to hair, clothing, and cosmetics, she exposes the shift from the Victorian concern with inner beauty to our modern focus on outward appearance--in particular, the desire to be model-thin and sexy. Compassionate, insightful, and gracefully written, The Body Project explores the gains and losses adolescent girls have inherited since they shed the corset and the ideal of virginity for a new world of sexual freedom and consumerism--a world in which the body is their primary project. "Joan Brumberg's book offers us an insightful and entertaining history behind the destructive mantra of the '90s--'I hate my body!'" --Katie Couric

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Professor of human development at Cornell University, Joan Jacobs Brumberg has devoted much of her energy to studying the social experiences of 13-21 year old girls in the United States over the past 100 years. Her numerous papers and books deal with a wide range of cultural issues: the changing social and cultural experience of menarche and menstruation; the changing nature of educational and work opportunities; parenting; popular culture and leisure; and diseases of girls. In 1988, she published Fasting Girls: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa as a Modern Disease. In 1997, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls was published. Brumberg holds a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester (1965) and a Ph.D. in American social and cultural history from the University of Virginia (1978).

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Body as Evidence
The Body's New Timetable: How the Life Course of American Girls Has Changed
Sanitizing Puberty: The American Way to Menstruate
Perfect Skin
Body Projects
The Disappearance of Virginity: Sexual Expression and Sexual Danger
Girl Advocacy Again
Notes
Index
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