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The world has curves : the global quest for the perfect body

Author: Julia Savacool
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, ©2009.
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"American women are spending more time, money, and energy than ever before pursuing an ideal?skinny, tan, and toned?that bears increasingly little resemblance to their reality. But what about the rest of the world's women? How do other cultures define ideal beauty, and do the women of South Africa, Afghanistan, Jamaica, or Japan pursue these standards with equal vigor? In The World Has Curves, Savacool answers these  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Savacool
ISBN: 9781605299389 1605299383
OCLC Number: 308178631
Description: xviii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: How do we define ideal? --
Perfection, reconsidered --
How much is this body worth? --
Show me the money --
The skinny stigma --
A precursor to globalization --
Beauty and the burka --
When technology came to town --
A generational revolt --
An American in paradox --
The body of tomorrow.
Responsibility: Julia Savacool.

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"American women are spending more time, money, and energy than ever before pursuing an ideal?skinny, tan, and toned?that bears increasingly little resemblance to their reality. But what about the rest of the world's women? How do other cultures define ideal beauty, and do the women of South Africa, Afghanistan, Jamaica, or Japan pursue these standards with equal vigor? In The World Has Curves, Savacool answers these questions and takes readers on a world tour, exploring the ways in which various cultures define their physical "ideal" and the extremes to which women will go achieve it. Through extensive research and firsthand interviews, Savacool shares a historical perspective on female beauty, uncovers shocking facts about the beauty business, and relates the intimate stories of women's pursuit of physical perfection"--Inside cover.

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