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Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Tenth Anniversary Edition Paperback – January 1, 2004
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This book shines not so much as a linear collection of essays but as a reference for people who wish to study the marriage between feminism, western society, and its concentration on the female body. It has helped me to understand the media's role in my relationship with my body and in the amount of control that I have over it. "Unbearable Weight" has also been a great help in my research on this subject.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand Western Cultures objectification of women's bodies through a feminist filter.
Warning: not a feel-good book! You'll be angry and start snapping at your husband, but righteous fury is where change begins.
Thanks Ms. Bordo for informing me about this, for I've been in darkness for many years.
Bordo’s Foucault filter is supposed to shape her analysis, but I doubt it does. It seems that whenever she cites him, she invokes a dense, sophist, and pretentious language which is foreign to her effective and lucid prose, and certainly alien to the vast majority of her readers who, if anything like me, begin to experience rather intense frustration.
This dissonance must be more than compliance to academic writing.
What I think is at stake here is Bordo’s difficulty with radical feminism. She says she invokes Foucault for the complexity of his thought, something both he and she fine lacking in Second-wave feminism. At points in her essays and lectures (which constitute this book), she even directly instructs feminism via Foucault.
The question is: what feminism is she instructing, what feminism does she find simplistic? It must be the very feminism that she herself chiefly adopts--liberal feminism. Radical feminism, with its deeper analysis and political stances, are what she avoids. Thus her need for and reliance on the academic star, Michael Foucault (as in Freud of old)
But what Foucault acknowledges is that same liberal feminism, one which either rejects or compartmentalizes feminist issues. How can it begin to address the female body as a projection screen if it denies that culture is male, or that the powerfully projective male sexual institutions of pornography, prostitution, and rape exist-- or, if at all, exists outside of mainstream culture.Read more ›
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Amazing book. I could never writes notes from it as her words are so much better. Most lucid and invigorating account of what it means to be in a body that you are taught to hate... Read morePublished 19 months ago by GlenJan
I've never taken classes in feminism and this author has a really interesting take on body image and culture/media. I know this is a classic and I can see why. Very eye opening.Published on September 10, 2013 by Robin Brack
VERY dull reading. I can not think of seventeen more words to say about this dull book. It was not worth the money.Published on January 11, 2013 by Pat Hartwell
An interesting read for those interested in gender and the body. I'm glad I read it but it is not in my core area of interests so not a particularly memorable read.Published on December 19, 2012 by Jason Crockett
This is my absolute favorite book on weight. It really opens your eyes and is so worth the read. I want to give it to everyone I know! Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by shopaholic_online
It is the current gender roles that contribute to women being rape out of entertainment and control, domestic violence and pressure in media for women be submissive housewives, or... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Truth sayer
I would say that this book is written from an academic perspective. I could see it being read in an Intro. to Femnist Theory course. That being said I did like this book. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by Flannery