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Perfect girls, starving daughters : how the quest for perfection is harming young women

Author: Courtney E Martin
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Not so long ago, there was a stifling pressure to be a 'good girl.' Today's young women strive to be not merely good, but perfect, and that includes having the elusive, so-called perfect body. Especially disturbing is that self-loathing and preoccupation with image have become the rules instead of the exceptions, tolerated as necessary, inevitable parts of being female. This eye-opening look at twenty-first-century  Read more...
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Martin, Courtney E.
Perfect girls, starving daughters.
New York : Berkley Books, 2008
(OCoLC)762341564
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Courtney E Martin
ISBN: 9780425223369 0425223361
OCLC Number: 213308491
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Free Press, ©2007.
Description: xiv, 382 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Perfect girls, starving daughters --
From good to perfect: feminism's unintended legacy --
The male mirror: her father's eyes --
(Perfect) girl talk: inside today's teenagers' minds and stomachs --
Sex as a cookie: growing up hungry --
The revolution still will not be televised: pop, hip-hop, race, and the media --
What men want: the truth about attraction, porn, and the pursuit --
All-or-nothing nation: diets, extreme makeovers, and the obesity epidemic --
Past the dedication is disease: athletic obsession --
The college years: body obsession boot camp --
The real world ain't no MTV: how the body becomes the punching bag for post-college disappointment --
Spiritual hunger --
Stepping through the looking glass: our new stories.
Responsibility: Courtney E. Martin.

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"Not so long ago, there was a stifling pressure to be a 'good girl.' Today's young women strive to be not merely good, but perfect, and that includes having the elusive, so-called perfect body. Especially disturbing is that self-loathing and preoccupation with image have become the rules instead of the exceptions, tolerated as necessary, inevitable parts of being female. This eye-opening look at twenty-first-century culture and its impact on our sisters, our daughters, and ourselves reveals how obsession with food and weight, driven in no small part by images of celebrities openly wasting away, threatens a new generation of girls as the feminist exhortation that 'we can do anything' is twisted into 'we must do everything.' It also inspires us to consider what wonderful things might happen - for ourselves and for the world - if we stopped the madness once and for all." -- Back of book.

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