Susan bordo is an internationally known cultural historian, feminist scholar, and media critic her first book, the flight to objectivity, is considered a classic of feminist philosophy in 1993, increasingly aware of our culture's preoccupation with weight and body image, she published unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body. Bordo, susan unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body 10th anniversary ed berkeley: u of california p, 2003 print _____ summary: bordo is responding at once to the mind/body dualism in the history of philosophy that treats the body as a trap or prison for the mind, while also associating women w. About the author susan bordo is singletary chair in the humanities and professor of english and women's studies at the university of kentuckyshe is the author of the male body: a new look at men in public and in private (1999), and twilight zones: the hidden life of cultural images from plato to oj (california, 1997.
Chapter 5, the body and the reproduction of femininity (1989) what is referred to in the title, unbearable weight why does bordo believe that there is a need for reconstructing feminist discourse on the body (subtitle. Start studying quotes from susan bordo the unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body the female body, a discourse adequate to an analysis of. Bordo's work focuses on how gendered bodies are formed, in particular her essay unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body provides an analysis whereby bordo looks at (with frustration) how popular culture shapes the female body. In this surprising, candid cultural analysis, susan bordo, author of unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body, writes about men and their bodies, both at home and in the media.
In dense, challenging, subtly argued philosophical essays, bordo (philosophy/lemoyne college the flight to objectivity, 1987- -not reviewed) offers a postmodern, poststructuralist feminist interpretation of the female body as a cultural construction in western society, emphasizing eating disorders, reproductive issues, and the philosophical background. 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―susan griffin, author of the book of courtesans: a catalogue of their virtues (2001. Bordo argues that anorexia nervosa and bulimia are logical, if extreme, manifestations of anxieties and fantasies fostered by a culture that worships the slender, fit body as a symbol of ``virile.
The objective of this article is to help the readers understand susan bordo's views and analyse her impressive work unbearable weight: feminism, western culture and the body and make her known in academic world. Unbearable weight is significant from an immensely a professional feminist point of view, in attractive, jargonless () prose, bordo analyzes an entire diversity of concerns hooked up to the body—weight and weightloss, workout, media pictures, video clips, ads, anorexia and bulimia, and masses more—in a manner that is sensible of our present social landscape—finally it is a nice. An analysis of the examination of the body in unbearable weight by susan bordo pages 2 words 1,210 view full essay more essays like this: not sure what i'd do. Unbearable weight is an analysis of the body in relation to culture i expected to read about eating disorders and disordered body images, but instead discovered a new way of thinking about the body and culture.
The male body a new look at men in public and in private by susan bordo illustrated 358 pp new york: farrar, straus & giroux $25. Susan bordo--unbearable weight: feminism, western culture, and the body (1993) this is the tenth anniversary edition of bordo's book, which focuses on the female (primarily anorexic) body in western (primarily american) culture. Bordo summary in beauty (re)discovers the male body susan bordo discusses the image of the male body she starts by talking about how the naked and near naked female body became an object of mainstream consumption (168) while the male body has been gone with fashion. Susan hekman notes that bordo's the flight to objectivity, while not overtly dealing with theorizations of the body, does point to the fact that the origin of our culture's text for the body, and particularly the female body, is the work of descartes.
Unbearable weight is brilliant from an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless () prose, bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body—weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more—in a way that makes sense of our current social. Susan bordo's unbearable weight is a masterpiece of complex an nuanced thinking not only about a significant problem that faces women but about our culture a very valuable book -- susan griffin, author of the book of the courtesans: a catalogue of their virtues (2001.