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The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Using diary excerpts as her core sources of evidence, Brumberg charts the changing relationship between young women and their bodies over the past century and a half. Though the material on the 19th and early 20th century is fascinating, useful, and accessible for a general audience, the high point of the book comes over the final two chapters, which cover the period from the 1960s to the 1990s. Unlike cultural conservatives in the feminist world (think Christina Hoff Summers or Gertrude Himmelfarb), Brumberg is deeply appreciative of the enormous benefits of the sexual revolution, especially in terms of the availability of sexual information and the growing willingness of our society to see women as active sexual agents. On the other hand (unlike a Naomi Wolf), she is troubled (and rightly so, in my opinion) by the eagerness of our culture to sexualize and exploit the bodies of adolescent women who are simply not prepared to cope with the emotional, social, and physical impact of early sexual experience.
In her final chapter, Brumberg writes: "Although I applaud the social freedom and economic opportunities enjoyed by the current cohort of high school and college girls, their "autonomy" seems to be oversold, if not illusory.Read more ›
I really enjoyed reading this book for many reasons. First, it is rare that you can find a well-written social history text that covers such a variety of subjects. Second, the author uses diary entries from women from many different time periods to elucidate her points, and reading the first-person accounts of Victorian women can be very entertaining ("They thought what?!") while also enlightening and educational. Third, the author makes a major point to remind the reader that girls today are maturing earlier in a world filled with sexualized images and messages yet we are denying them education as to how to safely use these new bodies they have developed. She describes how we are doing our girls a disservice by not assisting them with creating their own moral codes and standards, which I very much agree with. I would suggest this book to any woman, especially a woman who has a daughter who is (or will be) a teenager. The dialogues that Brumberg suggests need to happen, and reading this book may spark that realization in all of us.
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Should be required reading for all parents of girls. Pretty up to date and good information. Your daughter will thank you for listening.Published 20 months ago by Tamatha B. Stout
This book is an easy-read. Perhaps it is because the stories shared by American Girls is relevant, so it seems as if you are never too far from your own thoughts in regards to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by KG
This book uses diary excerpts and other sources from the time to highlight how girls form the 1800s to now think about their body, sex, periods, and more. Excellently presented.Published 23 months ago by H. Culbertson
Great condition for an ex- library book. It really had no rips and was full in tact, exactly as advertised. Didn;t take long to get here either.Published on February 5, 2014 by michaela simon
This is for English 102, the books condition is great. Fast arrival. I just dilike the subject matter I have to read.Published on February 2, 2014 by Thorne