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Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness Paperback – September 30, 2004
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JOE KELLY is a journalist, activist, and author of Dads and Daughters. He won the 2004 Award for Action from the Eating Disorders Coalition.
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While not the most "user friendly" writing style for the non-professional, it is easily understood and offers much information to help men (and the women they love) deal effectively with everyone impacted by the eating disorder...themselves, their spouse and, most importantly, their child.
Although I am a physician, I am also the father of a daughter with an eating disorder and read this book upon the advice of her therapist. I am very glad to say that it has started my daughter and me on a path to a much richer relationship and that she is on the road to recovery.
This book is different.
Dr. Maine speaks plainly and emotionally in this book. I haven't read all of it yet, but the parts I have read captured my feelings about my father perfectly. It explains his role--or lack thereof in my life--and it fosters me in my quest to mourn the void that I have inside due to his neglect and emotional absence.
The best part of the book is the statement that we must accept and change the role that society has foistered onto men. Men have been required to distance themselves from their emotions and to not have deep and intimate attachments. As such, when they become fathers, the experience requires intimacy on a much deeper level than they are accustomed to and often, they fail. In healing the father wound, we come to realize that it's not just ourselves that must heal, but our fathers also.
Because it is by encouraging men to heal and reconnect with themselves that they will ultimately reconnect with us.
Buy this book. Share with your friends. Tell anyone who will listen. Get healed, be free and do what we should have been doing all along with our fathers: enjoy one another.
In this book, Dr. Maine concentrates on how the father can be instrumental in protecting his daughter from the onslaught of emotionally-driven complications in body image. Often when a young girl is pursuiing thinness it is out of a need for attention. In adolescence this is acute in its unconscious desire for a man's attention with the blossoming of hormones and puberty. Mass media tells young girls that love is only possible through physical appearance. If a young girl has no concept of uncondition love from the one and only man who she needs it from - her biological or adoptive father (NOT a stepfather, they are actually dangerous to stepdaughters) ... she will be indoctrinated by the belief and it will be her sense of reality that only her body and its state of perfection guarantees performance-based ego-centric love.
Dr. Maine outlines the role of fathers, what they can do, and gives them brilliant advice in this book on how to love their daughters and protect them from the illusions of the world. BRAVO!
Once again ... daddy's girls get all the breaks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You may not see yourself or your family in here. But look again. It can't possibly hurt and it just might help everyone in your family. It is not about blame but understanding. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wes Pritchett
I ordered this book to help better understand myself when I started recovery from anorexia nervousa. Reading this book was like looking at my childhood through a mirror. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The title of the book caught my eye while I was looking through an eating disorders booklet. The author managed to put into words all the confusion and heartache a girl can go... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by J. Ball
Great Low Price for a great book in excellent shape.
Came earlier than expected.