Feminists and Body Image Term Paper

Feminists and Body Image
A discussion of the feminist' response to body image issues.
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This paper traces feminist concern over female body image, citing the various problems associated with it. The author takes issue primarily with our society's obsession with thinness and eating disorders. The paper then considers the feminist response to female body image issues, which include an acute scrutiny of the media. The author concludes by advocating feminist political action and unity.


The Feminist Concern with Female Body Image
The Feminist Response to Female Body Image Issues

From the Paper:

"Feminists also think that certain issues cannot be addressed by men because they are related to the biological experience of being a woman, especially the new concerns about child-bearing and the symbolic significance of the female body that emerged with new reproductive technologies (Goslinga-Roy, 2000). Specific to women is also the issue of their sexuality, a great part of it being shaped by physiological differences. Biologically condemned to the passive role, feminine flesh cannot be altered at will (whereas the aggressive role of the male exposes him less to be gazed at) and is judged upon its inert qualities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bordo, Susan B., 'The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity: A Feminist Appropriation of Foucault', in Alison Jaggar and Susan Bordo (eds), Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstruction of Being and Knowing, Rutgers Uni Press, 1992.
  • De Beauvoir, Simone, The Second Sex, Vintage Books, 1989.
  • Gilligan, Carole and Lyn Mikel Brown, Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development, Harvard University Press, 1992.
  • Gitzinger Dolan, Bridget and Inez, Why women? Gender and Eating Disorders, The Athlone Press, 1994.
  • Gosling A-Roy, Gillian, 'Body Boundaries, Fictions of the Female Self: an Ethnographic Perspective on Power, Feminism and the Reproductive Technologies', Feminist Studies, 26, 1, Spring 2000.

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