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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women Paperback – January 11, 2011
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"A truly fascinating tour of the hardbodied heroines of the photographic age ... I opened the book prepared to gawk at the weirdness of a past when most women were tiny, fluffy, corseted creatures and those who weren’t were sent to the freak show, but by the time I’d read it through to the end, I’d realized that nothing of any significance has occurred in the realm of thinking about women’s figures for at least a hundred years. An edifying read indeed." The New Yorker
"Chapman and Vertinsky collaborate for a fascinating portrayal of the world of female bodybuilding ... The authors have created an excellent collection of thoughtfully-curated photos and essays; the result is an intriguing look at a little regarded period in sports history." Publishers Weekly
"Simply jaw-droppingly amazing ... This coffee table-sized paperback is so heavy and heaving with astonishing images that one builds one’s own bice ps in reading it." EDGE (New York, etc.)
"This fascinating visual history uses archival images, posters, comic books, magazine illustrations and photography to trace the history of the physically strong, muscular woman and of society's evolving attitudes toward female strength." Seattle Times
"Visually stunning, rigorously researched, and thoughtfully written, Venus with Biceps is as much a treasure chest of rare vintage ephemera as it is a fascinating and important meditation on a contentious facet of gender identity and cultural politics." Brainpickings.org
About the Author
David L. Chapman: David L. Chapman is the author of twelve books on male photography and bodybuilding, including American Hunks (Arsenal, 2009) and Comin' at Ya!: The Homoerotic 3D Photographs of Denny Denfield (Arsenal, 2007).
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Top Customer Reviews
The commentary is somewhat superficial and politically liberal, but the illustrations and photos are fascinating and speak for themselves. Particularly interesting are old illustrations of the untested, unscientific, hare-brained notions that male "experts" once promulgated regarding what constituted exercise and how that exercise should be adapted for the fragile female form.
Overall the pictures help to mitigate the sexist bunk that women can't be strong, muscular and beautiful, a point of view that is now thankfully atrophying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Omg this book is really funny. Great if you have a female lifter in your life :)Published 2 months ago by sans
I enjoy reading this book. However I am greatly disappointed by the fact that pages have been torn out in my book. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by CRoels