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Woman's Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image - Psychology of Women (Hardback)
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Woman's Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image - Psychology of Women (Hardback)

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Hardback 273 Pages / Published: 30/09/2017
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In this compelling book, Joan Chrisler and Ingrid Johnston-Robledo examine how women relate to their bodies and how attitudes toward the body affect women's sense of self. In particular, they document the disturbing, never-ending barrage of standards used to judge women's bodies. For example, women are taught that their bodies should be beautiful (but not as a result of too much effort), sexy (but not slutty), pure (but not prudish), slender (but curvy in the right places), youthful (if they are adults), mature (if they are adolescents), feminine, healthy, and able-bodied. These impossible standards prompt women to pursue life-long body improvement projects - which leads to self-objectification or a negative embodied self.

The authors review the research on these phenomena and analyze them through the lens of various psychological theories, including objectification theory, stigma theory, terror management theory, and stereotype embodiment theory. Importantly, they then suggest ways to help women and girls achieve a positive embodied self, which includes challenging and resisting pressures to alter and discipline their bodies in unhealthy ways.

Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISBN: 9781433827129
Number of pages: 273
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Compelling and informative examination of how women relate to their bodies and how attitudes toward the body affect women's sense of self." --Midwest Book Review

"The authors present an examination of women's embodiment that is comprehensive and insightful. Each conclusion is supported by empirical research, and a wide range of sources are cited...this text will be an invaluable resource for anyone working with women in a health or mental health setting. The writing is clear and comprehensible, offering access to information and insight to both an academic and an educated general audience." --Fat Studies

"This book challenges readers to consider topics related to women's bodied beyond their medicalization.... It touches upon a number of themes, such as body image, eating disorders, sexuality, puberty, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, health, disability, and aging, that are also relevant to professionals or students in other fields of study such as sociology, medical anthropology, medicine, and gerontology." --PsycCRITIQUES

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