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The politics of women's bodies : sexuality, appearance, & behavior
Weitz, Rose, 1952-
Second edition.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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xii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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For nearly three decades, feminist scholars have examined how the female body and ideas about the female body affect women's lives. The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 2/e, brings together recent critical writings in this important field, covering such diversetopics as the sources of eating disorders, the nature of lesbianism, and the consequences of violence against women. With the exception of two classic articles, all pieces were published in the last decade, and one-quarter of the selections are new to the second edition. The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, 2/e, begins by looking at how ideas about women's bodies become culturally accepted. As the writings in the first section demonstrate, this is a political process that can reflect, reinforce, or challenge the distribution ofpower between men and women. Subsequent sections look at how, once ideas about women's bodies become accepted, they can serve as powerful--and political--tools for controlling women's appearance, sexuality, and behavior. Articles new to this edition include "Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodiesof Adolescent Girls," by Deborah L. Tolman; "Casing My Joints: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis," by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner; and "Holding Back: Negotiating a Glass Ceiling on Women's Muscular Strength," by Shari L. Dworkin. This unique interdisciplinary anthology is ideal for undergraduatecourses that cover the body and sexuality. It is also appropriate for introductory courses in women's studies and courses in the psychology, anthropology, or sociology of women; women and health; and feminist theory.

Author Notes

Rose Weitz is at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

Part I The Social Construction Of Women's Bodies
1 A History of Women's BodiesRose Weitz
2 Believing Is Seeing: Biology as IdeologyJudith Lorber
3 Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal PowerSandra Lee Bartky
4 Women and Medicalization: A New PerspectiveCatherine Kohler Riessman
Part II The Politics Of Sexuality
5 From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's Sports|CSusan K. Cahn
6 Menarche and the (Hetero)sexualization of the Female Body|CJanet Lee
7 Young Women and Their Dream Lovers: Sexuality in Adolescent Fiction|CLinda K. Christian-Smith
8 Selling Hot Pussy: Representation of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace|Cbell hooks
Part III The Politics Of Appearance
9 Breasted Experience: The Look and the FeelingIris Marion Young
10 "Perfect People": Cancer CharitiesSharon Batt
11 Women and the Knife: Cosmetic Surgery and Colonization of Women's BodiesKathryn Pauly Morgan
12 Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic SurgeryEugenia Law
13 Mirror MirrorMarcia Ann Gillespie
14 Jane FondaBarbara Bush, and Other Aging Bodes: Femininity and the Limits of Resistance and Myra Dinnersetin and Rose Weitz
Part IV Bodies, Behavior, And Politics
15 Till Death Us Do PartMargo Wilson and Martin Daly
16 Premenstrual Syndrome, Work Discipline, and AngerEmily Martin
17 Meno-Boomers and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of the Menopause|CJoy Webster Barbre
18 Morality and Personhood: A Feminist PerspectiveRosalind Pollack Petchesky
19 The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor Women ad Women of ColorDorothy E. Roberts
20 "Fetal Rights": A New Assault on FeminismKatha Pollitt