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Female Body Studies

Sexing the Body : Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
by Anne Fausto-Sterling
Hardcover - 473 pages Cloth Cover edition (January 2000)
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465077137 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.35 x 9.57 x 6.57
Editorial Reviews
Anyone who has been following the new brain science in the popular press--and even those whose casual reading includes journals along the lines of Psychoneuroendocrinology--will be fascinated by the puckish observations of Brown University biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling, whose provocative and erudite essays easily establish the cultural biases underlying current scientific thought on gender. She goes on to critique the science itself, exposing inconsistencies in the literature and weaknesses in the rhetorical and theoretical structures that support new research. "One of the major claims I make in this book," she explains, "is that labeling someone a man or a woman is a social decision. We may use scientific knowledge to help us make the decision, but only our beliefs about gender--not science--can define our sex. Furthermore, our beliefs about gender affect what kinds of knowledge scientists produce about sex in the first place." Whether discussing genital surgery on intersex infants or the amorous lives of lab rats, the author is unfailingly clear and convincing, and manages to impart humor to subjects as seemingly unpromising as neuroanatomy and the structure of proteins. --Regina Marler
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Body Image : Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children

by Sarah Grog

Paperback - 208 pages (February 1999)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415147859 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 8.52 x 5.94 Sales Rank: 439,609

Table of Contents
List of illustrations Preface Acknowledgements
1. Introduction 
2. Culture and body image 
3. Women and body satisfaction 
4. Men and body satisfaction 
5. Media effects 
6. Age, social class, ethnicity and sexuality 
7. Conclusions and implications 

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Body Images : Embodiment As Intercorporeality
by Gail Weiss

Paperback - 224 pages (January 1999)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415918030 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.01 x 6.07
Other Editions: Hardcover

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A History of the Breast
by Marilyn Yalom

Paperback - 331 pages (May 1998)
Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0345388941 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.81 x 9.14 x 6.12
Other Editions: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews
According to Marilyn Yalom, the breast has functioned for the Western world as a kind of pendulous Rorschach blot, upon which each era could project its fantasies about maternity, sexuality, freedom, dependence, and so forth. Rousseau, for example, spearheaded a national campaign against wet-nursing in 18th-century France, arguing that a mother should breast-feed her own child in the interest of domestic solidarity. By the 1790s, the Gallic breast had been politicized: now it was a symbol of ardent republicanism. More recently, the "good" breast and "bad" breast have become the good-cop, bad-cop duo of psychoanalytic theory. Yalom's book is full of fascinating tidbits, and she elicits so much cultural history from her subject that the volume might just as easily be titled Speak, Mammary. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title
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Breasts : The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession
by Carolyn Latteier

Paperback - 185 pages (August 1998)
Harrington Park Pr; ISBN: 1560239271 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.57 x 8.41 x 6.02
Other Editions: Hardcover

Excerpted from Breasts : The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies) by Carolyn Latteier. Copyright 1998. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
From Page 73:

Human beings grow up bearing the imprint of the breast they knew in infancy - whatever that breast or surrogate breast was. And the breast they peek at or yearn for in adolescence, the breast they encounter in lovemaking, the breast they see in the movies or on individuals walking by on the streets-all these breasts will become entwined with feelings so deep they are felt as fact. On some level, our feelings about breasts will always mingle with our sense of how we are fed, how we are nourished by life, and whether the world is a place we can trust

From Page 111:

Breasts carry so much cultural weight that they often do not function as well as they might. Our sex lives are sensitive and telling parts of us, a little like our dream lives. In our dreams, wonderful and horrible things happen. It is the time when monsters come out, or we can suddenly fly. For some women, breast carry unconscious memories that stretch back to birth and span the breadth of adulthood, with a history that seems to enrich their erotic lives. But for too many, the monsters are grumbling in the background, and when a lover touches their breasts, the women wince in pain.

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The wise woman's daughter may be forgotten, but people are still telling stories about breasts. A late twentieth century revival of stories about goddesses shows there is some life left in them yet. And twentieth century women have added their voices to the story-telling chorus. Some of the stories they tell, like the ones in the pages of this book, are terribly sad - stories of loss and disease or stories of embarrassment and exploitation. But they also tell stories of desire and fulfillment, stories of self-knowledge -- uplifting and funny stories about breasts. These days breasts seem to be too wrapped in sexual meanings to be widely held up as a sacred symbol. But nearly every week some newspaper story come out telling about the magical quality of breast milk, which prevents a host of diseases and promotes an growing number of good human traits. And women are telling breastfeeding stories that show their wonder at discovering the transformative power of their breasts, a power that they believe nurtures and transforms not only the baby, but also the woman and the world. -

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Dedication to Hunger : The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern Culture
by Leslie Heywood

Hardcover - 243 pages (March 1996)
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520201175 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 9.32 x 6.31
From the Back Cover
"Leslie Heywood weaves deftly and powerfully between contemporary cultural analysis, literary criticism, and her own experiences as a postmodern/female body. The result is a work that is both critically acute and vibrating with emotional energy and insight, a work that itself constitutes a promise of new life in the 'anorexic' culture she so sharply diagnoses and interprets." (Susan Bordo, author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body)

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Embodied Practices : Feminist Perspectives on the Body
by Kathy Davis (Editor)

Hardcover (August 1997)
Sage Pubns; ISBN: 0761953620
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Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
1 Embody-ing Theory: Beyond Modernist and Postmodernist Readings of the Body
Kathy Davis
2 Reading the Body: Young Women's Accounts
of their Bodies in Relation to Autonomy and
Independence Anne Woollett
Harriette Marshall
3 Performing the Body, Creating Culture Anna Aalten
4 Female Bodies and Brittle Bones: Medical
Interventions in Osteoporosis
Ineke Klinge
5 The Body of Gender Difference
Gesa Lindemann
6 Victims or Offenders? 'Other' Women in French Sexual Politics
Rachel A. Bloul
7 Sex as Usual: Body Politics and the Media
War in Serbia
Dubravka Zarkov
8 Erotic Bodies: Images of the Disabled Gon Buurman
9 Women's Public Toilets: A Serious Issue for the Body Politic
Julia Edwards
Linda McKie
10 Chic Outrage and Body Politics Joanne Finkelstein
11 'My Body is My Art': Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist Utopia?
Kathy Davis
12 The Researching Body: The Epistemophilic Project
Monica Rudberg

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Gender/Body/Knowledge : Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing
by Alison M. Jaggar (Editor), Susan R. Bordo (Editor)

Paperback - 376 pages (July 1989)
Rutgers Univ Press; ISBN: 0813513790 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 9.02 x 6.04
Other Editions: Hardcover

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Miscegenation Blues : Voices of Mixed Race Women
by Carol Camper (Editor)

Paperback (June 1994)
Sister Vision Pr; ISBN: 092081395X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.42 x 9.01 x 6.04

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The Politics of Women's Bodies : Sexuality, Appearance and Behavior
by Rose Weitz (Editor)
Paperback - 336 pages (April 1998)
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0195109953 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 9.22 x 6.18
Other Editions: Hardcover
The author, Rose Weitz, Arizona State University , March 4, 1998
An important anthology on a critical issue
This book is the first anthology to bring together recent critical writings on how the female body and ideas about the female body affect women's lives. The book draws from a wide range of disciplines, and covers topics as diverse as the impact of homophobia on women athletes, the sources of violence against women, and the consequences of the "fetal rights" movement. The Politics of Women's Bodies begins by looking at how ideas about women's bodies become culturally accepted. As the writings in the first section demonstrates, this is a political process, which can reflect, reinforce, or challenge the distribution of power 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. Yet women are not always passive victims of cultural ideas; rather, they sometimes either collaborate in or resist them. Consequently, this volume also examines the potential for and limits on women's resistance to ideas about female bodies. Each section incorporates materials on class, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.

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Space, Time, and Perversion : Essays on the Politics of Bodies
by Elizabeth Grosz
Paperback (September 1995)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415911370 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 8.78 x 5.80
Other Editions: Hardcover Sales Rank: 73,891
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Technologies of the Gendered Body : Reading Cyborg Women
by Anne Balsamo

Paperback (January 1996)
Duke Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0822316986 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 9.15 x 6.00
Other Editions: Hardcover
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Telling Flesh : The Substance of the Corporeal
by Vicki Kirby

Paperback - 224 pages (August 1997)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415910293 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.48 x 8.94 x 5.98
Other Editions: Hardcover

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Twilight Zones : The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J.
by Susan Bordo

Paperback - 290 pages Reprint edition (January 1999)
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520211022 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 9.00 x 6.05
Other Editions: Hardcover
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Unbearable Weight : Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body
by Susan Bordo

Paperback Reprint edition (March 1995)
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520088832 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 9.01 x 6.06
Other Editions: Hardcover
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Volatile Bodies : Toward a Corporeal Feminism (Theories of Representation and Difference)
by Elizabeth Grosz

Paperback (December 1994)
Indiana Univ Pr; ISBN: 0253208629 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.79 x 9.27 x 6.17
Other Editions: Hardcover

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