The Politics of Womens Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior

Paperback | November 15, 2013

byRose Weitz, Samantha Kwan

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The Politics of Women's Bodies, Fourth Edition, is an anthology covering the issues surrounding women's bodies. Threads running throughout the book include the distribution of power between men and women, how that affects cultural standards, and how those standards subsequently serve aspowerful and political tools for controlling women's appearance, sexuality, and behavior. This book fills an important niche not covered by other books: focus on women's bodies, social control, and agency. The new edition includes updated readings which engage diversity and highlight cross-cultural relevance where appropriate.

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The Politics of Women's Bodies, Fourth Edition, is an anthology covering the issues surrounding women's bodies. Threads running throughout the book include the distribution of power between men and women, how that affects cultural standards, and how those standards subsequently serve aspowerful and political tools for controlling women...

Rose Weitz is a Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University and specializes in research on sexuality, health, and gender. She is the author of many scholarly articles, as well as the books Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives (2004), Life with Aids (1991), and The Sociology of Healt...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this editionPrefacePart I. The Social Construction of Women's Bodies1. Rose Weitz: A History of Women's BodiesWeitz delineates how ideas about the female body have changed-or not-over time, as well as the very real impact those ideas have had on women's lives.2. Judith Lorber: Believing is Seeing: Biology as IdeologyLorber argues that binary sex differences are a social construction: they appear to be natural and real only because our cultural practices make them real.3. Karin A. Martin: Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of PreschoolsMartin explores how preschools teach young children to "perform gender" and to develop embodied selves that are "properly" gendered.4. Sarah Jane Brubaker and Heather E. Dillaway: Medicalization, Natural Childbirth and Birthing Experiences *Brubaker and Dillaway take a critical look at "natural" and "medical" childbirth and examine women's subjective experiences of medical childbirth.5. Sandra Lee Bartky: Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal PowerBartky describes how women internalize social expectations regarding female appearance and behavior and then attempt to meet those expectations by adopting various "disciplinary practices."6. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory *Garland-Thomson argues that feminist theories of the body could be strengthened by incorporating key ideas from disability studies.Part II. The Politics of Sexuality7. Iris Marion Young: Breasted Experience: The Look and the FeelingYoung explores women's relationships with their breasts; women sometimes view their breasts as objects to be used and other times act as subjects whose breasts are part of their essential selves.8. Deborah L. Tolman: Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent GirlsTolman describes how teenage girls think about sexual desire and explores how their ideas are shaped by both the promise of sexual pleasure and the threat of sexual danger.9. Laura M. Carpenter and Monica J. Casper: A Tale of Two Technologies: HPV Vaccination, Male Circumcision, and Sexual Health *Carpenter and Casper illustrate how discourses of gender, sexuality, race, age, and nationality shape the use and cultural meanings of body technologies.10. Patricia Hill Collins: "Get Your Freak On": Sex, Babies, and Images of Black FemininityHill Collins explores contemporary images of African American women, discusses how these images reinforce racism, and shows how African American women use these images to assert control over their bodies and lives.11. Isabel Molina Guzm n and Angharad N. Valdivia: Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular CultureMolina Guzm n and Valdivia analyze the gendered and racialized media portrayals of Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, and Frida Kahlo.12. Amy C. Wilkins: "So Full of Myself as a Chick": Goth Women, Sexual Independence, and Gender EgalitarianismWilkins shows how Goth women are exempted from dominant cultural norms for sexuality and appearance; their post-feminist assumptions, however, camouflage gender and sexual inequality within Goth culture.Part III. The Politics of Appearance13. Patricia Gagne and Deanna McGaughey: Designing Women: Cultural Hegemony and the Exercise of Power Among Women who Have Undergone Elective MammoplastyGagne and McGaughey show how women actively choose cosmetic surgery, but do so in the context of hegemonic cultural norms that make it difficult for them to consider not doing so.14. Rose Weitz: Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power Through Resistance and AccommodationWeitz uses women's experiences with their hair to illustrate how resistance and accommodation are interwoven in women's everyday bodily experiences.15. Samantha Kwan: Navigating Public Spaces: Gender, Race, and Body Privilege in Everyday Life *Kwan examines weight-based stigma and illustrates how "body privilege" is distinctly patterned by gender and race/ethnicity.16. Shyon Baumann: The Moral Underpinnings of Beauty: A Meaning-Based Explanation for Light and Dark Complexions in Advertising *Baumann argues that the portrayal of men and women with different skin tones in print advertisements reflects cultural ideas about gender and about the meaning of lightness and darkness.17. Victoria Pitts: Reclaiming the Female Body: Women Body Modifiers and Feminist DebatesPitts analyzes how women use body modification to take control of their bodies, as well as the benefits and limitations of this particular type of embodied resistance.Part IV. The Politics of Behavior18. Susan K. Cahn: From the "Muscle Moll" to the "Butch" Ballplayer: Mannishness, Lesbianism, and Homophobia in U.S. Women's SportsCahn traces the modern history of women in sports and shows how gendered and racial stereotypes stigmatized women athletes, first as heterosexually "loose" and later as presumed lesbians.19. Vivyan Adair: Branded with Infamy: Inscriptions of Poverty and Class in the United StatesAdair describes how poverty and its stigma are physically marked on the bodies of poor women and how that stigma both supports public policies that discipline poor women's bodies and encourages poor women to discipline their own bodies.20. Rachel Roth: Backlash and Continuity: The Political Trajectory of Fetal RightsRoth describes how the battle over reproductive rights has led to the recent push for "fetal rights"-an idea she believes has served more to punish women for nontraditional behavior than to protect their children.21. Rhys H. Williams and Gira Vashi: Hijab and American Muslim Women: Creating the Space for Autonomous Selves *Williams and Vashi explore the multiple meanings of veiling for college-age, second-generation Muslim American women.22. C.J. Pascoe: Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and DominancePascoe describes how male high school students demonstrate their heterosexuality and their dominance over girls' bodies-sometimes violently-in order to claim masculine power and identity for themselves.23. Margaret E. Adams and Jacquelyn Campbell: Being Undocumented and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Multiple Vulnerabilities Through the Lens of Feminist Intersectionality *Adams and Campbell explore how gender, ethnicity, and legal status intersect and leave undocumented immigrant women who experience intimate partner violence at risk of further violence and other health problems.