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The Women Hardcover – January 9, 1994
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From Library Journal
Having experienced a surge in popularity in the 1980s, women's bodybuilding produced a number of how-to books by stars such as Lisa Lyon, Gladys Portugues, and Rachel McLish. Dobbins's book is a gallery of 50 color and black-and-white "art" photos (read: there is some tasteful nudity) showing off the physiques of female bodybuilders in studio settings. The brief text recaps the muscles-vs.-beauty controversy in the sport and emphasizes the special obstacles women face, physically and psychologically, in the form of criticism from family and friends. This book champions the "muscles are beautiful" side. Dobbins, who coauthored The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (LJ 9/1/85) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, has extensive photographic experience with bodybuilders, and it shows in these crisp, artful photographs. Recommended for public libraries.
Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
For thousands of years, the muscular male body has been an object of admiration and a primary subject of art. Women, on the other hand, have rarely been celebrated for their physical strength or muscular development. But in the late 1970s, women discovered the sport of competitive bodybuilding and began doing the same kind of muscle-specific weight training as their male counterparts.
As a result, we are seeing the emergence of a cultural phenomenon without precedent - women attempting to develop the ultimate degree of muscle size, shape, definition, and proportion primarily for aesthetic, rather than athletic, purposes. The fact that so many women are now both willing and able to devote themselves to creating muscular bodies is one indication of our changing perception of the potential of the female body as we approach the 21st century.
In the Women, author and photographer Bill Dobbins presents 8 color and duotone photographs of top female competitive bodybuilders in a stunning visual exploration of this new phenomenon, and convincingly shows that muscles on women can indeed be beautiful. The photos, combined with the enlightening text, explore as well the implications of this new aesthetic for art, sport, and our overall view f the capabilities of women.
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When your family and friends tell you what you are doing is "unfeminine" just remember that there are all these women who have gone before you who ignored the same sort of negativity to go on and achieve strong and shapely bodies. It doesn't matter if you intend to take it all the way or just want to improve your health and fitness for yourself and your family's benefit.
Follow this book up with Arnold's bodybuilding encyclopedia and you can't go wrong!
inherent beauty. Our conception of beauty goes through cycles sometimes lasting decades and even longer periods. Hugh Hefner popularized the nude physique.
Bill Dobbins is the modern day Hugh Hefner with one additional qualification. He is the man taking the photos. He has an eye for beauty and displays it in
a masterful way.
There are still people who resist the woman with big muscles. It seems that many people attribute muscular physiques to men only. It would seem illogical to think that the lord gave women muscles without the capacity to develop them. It further stretches the imagination to see that only a small percentage of
both men and women choose to work out to the degree that they have such perfect bodies.
Bill Dobbins shows us the women with perfect genetic endowment and how they have changed our conception of the modern woman.
He is truly visionary.