The Body Project

Author: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307755742
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same. The ideal of the day, however, was inner beauty: a focus on good deeds and a pure heart. Today American women have more social choices and personal freedom than ever before. But fifty-three percent of our girls are dissatisfied with their bodies by the age of thirteen, and many begin a pattern of weight obsession and dieting as early as eight or nine. Why? In The Body Project, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg answers this question, drawing on diary excerpts and media images from 1830 to the present. Tracing girls' attitudes toward topics ranging from breast size and menstruation to hair, clothing, and cosmetics, she exposes the shift from the Victorian concern with character to our modern focus on outward appearance—in particular, the desire to be model-thin and sexy. Compassionate, insightful, and gracefully written, The Body Project explores the gains and losses adolescent girls have inherited since they shed the corset and the ideal of virginity for a new world of sexual freedom and consumerism—a world in which the body is their primary project.

The Body Project

Author: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 9780613180672
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Explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies

Fasting Girls

Author: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375724486
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Traces the historic roots of anorexia nervosa from its emergence during the Victorian era to its pervasiveness in the twentieth century, and explores the cultural significance of appetite control in women's lives.

Girls in Power

Author: Laura Fingerson
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791480976
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A consideration of menstruation in the lives of teenage girls—and in the lives of teenage boys.

Body Work

Author: Debra Gimlin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520228561
Format: PDF
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Discusses the complicated emotional and intellectual motivations of women who strive to attain America's often unrealistic beauty ideals, focusing on a salon, aerobic class, plastic surgery clinic, and overweight political center as research sites. Simultaneous.

Anorexic Bodies

Author: Morag MacSween
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136103325
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book explores the ways in which anorexic women use their eating to control their bodies. It argues that the female body in modern Western culture is understood as open and accessible and female appetite as dangerous and voracious. Anorexia attempts to resist both these constructions in the creation of a closed, desireless body. Since anorexic women resist the power of collective ideologies their resistance cannot work - the closed body becomes its own prison.

Feminism Inc

Author: E. Zaslow
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230101534
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book explores how girls growing up in girl power media culture understand gender, self, empowerment, and resistance.

Girl Culture

Author: Lauren Greenfield
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452159287
Format: PDF
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Revealing and insightful, Lauren Greenfield's classic monograph on the lives of American girls is back in print. Greenfield's award-winning photographs capture the ways in which girls are affected by American popular culture. With an eye for both the common and the eccentric, she visits girls of all ages, discussing issues ranging from eating disorders and self-mutilation to spring break and prom. With more than 100 mesmerizing photographs, 18 interviews, and an introduction by social and cultural historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, this book is as vital and relevant now as when it was first published.

How Young Ladies Became Girls

Author: Jane H. Hunter
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300092639
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Based on an extraordinary array of diaries and letters, this work explores the shifting experiences of adolescent girls in the late 19th century. What emerges is a world on the cusp of change. By convention, middle-class girls stayed at home, where their reading exposed them to powerful images of self-sacrificing women. Yet in reality girls in their teens increasingly attended schools - especially newly-opened high schools, where they outnumbered boys. There they competed for grades and honour directly against male classmates. Before and after school they joined a public world beyond adult supervision, strolling city streets, flagging down male friends and visiting soda fountains.

A Paradise for Boys and Girls

Author: Hallie E. Bond
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815608226
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For over a century children have spent their summers at "sleepaway" camps in the Adirondacks. These camps inspired vivid memories and created an enduring legacy that has come to be a uniquely American tradition. In "A Paradise for Boys and Girls": Children's Camps in the Adirondacks, a complement to the Adirondack museum exhibit of the same name, the authors explore the history of Adirondack children's camps, their influence on the lives of the campers, and their impact on the communities in which they exist. Drawing on the rich documentary and pictorial evidence gathered from the histories of 331 camps located in the Adirondacks from 1886 to the present, this collection chronicles the changing attitudes about children and childhood. Historian Leslie Paris details social change in "Pink Music: Continuity and Change at Early Adirondack Summer Camps." In the title essay of the book, Hallie Bond offers a history of Adirondack camping from the establishment of Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain in 1892 to the present. Finally, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg concludes the collection with "A Wiser and Safer Place: The Meaning of Camping During World War II." Lavishly illustrated with historic photographs, the book includes a directory of Adirondack camps, with brief descriptive notes for each of the camps. The photographs and essays in this volume offer readers a richer understanding of this singular region and its powerful connection to childhood.