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From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it! California, Books Journals.
Disciplines Sociology Gender. About the Book " Unbearable Weight is brilliant. Chodorow, author of The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture and The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender California, "Susan Bordo's Unbearable Weight is a masterpiece of complex and nuanced thinking not only about a significant problem that faces women but about our culture.
A very valuable book. Unbearable Weight is, in its essence, a profound gift of insight, generosity, understanding. Though this edition marks the tenth anniversary of Unbearable Weight, these pages are as uncanny, insightful, and welcoming now as they were then. In living with us in the crazy, fast-moving world that is contemporary media culture, Susan Bordo is our guide, our companion, and our friend.
Susan Bordo is a philosopher known for her contributions to the field of contemporary cultural studies , particularly in the area of "body studies". Bordo's writing contributes to a body of feminist, cultural and gender studies , linking modern consumer culture directly to the formation of gendered bodies. She is known for her Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body , a text that looks at the impact of popular culture television, advertisements, and magazines, for example in shaping the female body while also looking at typical female disorders such as hysteria , agoraphobia , anorexia nervosa and bulimia as "complex crystallizations of culture". She currently holds the Otis A. Bordo specializes in contemporary culture and its relation to the body, focusing on modern female disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, cosmetic surgery, beauty and evolutionary theory. She also deals with racism and the body, issues of masculinity along with issues of sexual harassment. While Bordo's writing works to "reach outside the academic world",  her theoretical prose and frank critiques of modern culture in relation to subject, gender and body formations are nonetheless grounded in theoretical frameworks.
Unbearable weight: feminism, Western culture, and the body
Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body