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Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America Paperback – January 9, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226288129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226288123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seeking the Straight and Narrow explores with sensitivity, respect, and nuance the ways participants focus on the problems of the body and its unruly desires. A thoroughly original book, it absolutely enriches our understanding of the significance of the straight body - in both senses of that term - in American Christian culture. (Amy Farrell, Dickinson College)"

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Lynne Gerber is a lecturer in the religious studies department and research fellow in the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debora Burgard PhD on January 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Lynne Gerber has written a beautiful, respectful book about the effort to manage "unacceptable" desire. There are many things to admire about Gerber's work, but what I find most remarkable is the wealth of insight the reader gains through her comparing/contrasting weight loss program vs. reorientation therapy, evangelical beliefs vs. popular culture ideology, and the background of very little progress in weight bias vs. significant progress in LGBTI rights.

Our culture is saturated with distrust of and alienation from our bodies, and people are struggling to manage, using the tools they trust. What I take away from this incredible study is that rather than trying to - unsuccessfully - change our bodies, we need to change the ideas in our culture that make some bodies wrong.
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