- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Gurze Books; 1 edition (August 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936077344
- ISBN-13: 978-0936077345
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Body Wars both teaches us the terms for engaging our opponents and that united efforts will win the war." -- Mary S. Pabst, M.S.W. President, Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
"Here is basic ammunition for all of us caught in the crossfire of Body Wars." -- Rita Freedman, Ph.D. author, BodyLove
"I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about better health for women and men." -- Michael Levine, Ph.D. co-author, Preventing Eating Disorders
From the Inside Flap
Each chapter addresses an issue that contributes to womens discontent with their bodies within a sociocultural perspective. The topics will help you to question the culturally-endorsed assumptions that support Body Wars, such as our misguided and misinformed beliefs about weight, dieting, and obesity. A number of chapters focus on aspects of the beauty industry, including the role of fashion, modeling, beauty pageants, plastic surgery, and media influences via magazines and advertising.
The book also addresses the impact of violence against women, ageism, and a healthcare system historically biased to meet mens needs and not womens. Special influences on children are also examined, such as the pressure to diet, the impact of the Barbie doll, and how schools, sports and activities such as dance can contribute to Body Wars. Finally, a chapter is dedicated to men, who are increasingly the target of industries promoting Body Wars and who are desperately needed as teammates in the fight.
Each chapter concludes with strategies and resources for both personal and political change. I hope you find these both useful and inspiring.
Every day, this issue becomes more urgent. Body Wars are now a global problem. No one is safe, as western media and information technology become integral influences in less developed countries. The damage to the human spirit and potential is growing exponentially. We must fight back.
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She wrote Body Wars: Making Peace with Women's Bodies as an activist's guide for helping women overcome the self-hatred and body dissatisfaction that lead to eating disorders.
How their bodies look is brought to their attention at a very early age for women. Even quite young hildren learn that their ppearance is not satisfactory, and they are taught they must change it, usually by restricting their food intake...<P...Dr. Maine says that the quest for thinness has become so pervasive that "dieting has become a moral imperative of utmost significance; many who fail to lose weight feel they have failed at life."
She emphasizes repeatedly that women truly do have more to offer than their appearance.
Dr. Maine also devotes chapters to plastic surgery, violence against women, ageism, sports, and ballet. She includes a special section for teachers and how they can help their students develop a healthy attitude toward their bodies. The final chapter is for men and the unrealistic standards for appearance that they are facing on an increasing basis.<P Dr. Maine doesn't just talk about the dangers of body dissatisfaction--each chapter includes "Strategies for Change," which are dozens of practical steps individual women can take to help themselves and others. She also includes lists of resources, with all the contacts needed for those wanting a more activist role.
"We've been talking about the problem long enough: we must move into action," Dr. Maine says. Body Wars provides readers with all the information and tools they need to take action. It's an essential reference for all women: for themselves, and for their daughters.