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The Perfectible Body: The Western Ideal of Male Physical Development Paperback – April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826407870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826407870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What's most troubling about The Perfectible Body is that Dutton seems to think perfection comes in only one gender. An Australian professor of French, Dutton presents a readable and nuanced history of male body-building, from the ancient Greeks to today's pumped, steroid-enhanced, depilated, oiled and photographed trophies. His scholarship is thorough, and his grasp of the issues broad and complex, with a few true gems of insight. Though Dutton claims to take a balanced tone and to present no particular polemic, he nevertheless focuses his discussion of the "developed body" almost exclusively on the male body, slighting the female for "obvious reasons." These unexplained "reasons" may not be so obvious to many readers, and the tone reflects a running dismissiveness of legitimate feminist concerns. Others will not recognize Dutton's version of Western art and history, one that is revisionist, oversimplified and on occasion simply wrong. Dutton's ideal is a conservative, masculine one that excludes women, "cripples" (a term he uses) and essentially anyone else who isn't a hairless, youthful, pretty gym-jock.
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By Molly J Brown on November 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
very thorough account of the west's view of physical culture/development. book was a little worn but other than that everything is great!!!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Perfectible Body truly made me accept myself for the body I was given. The book made me aware that there really is no perfect body.
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