Fasting Girls

Fasting Girls
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Publisher : Vintage
Total Pages : 395
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ISBN-10 : 9780375724480
ISBN-13 : 0375724486
Rating : 4/5 (486 Downloads)

Book Synopsis Fasting Girls by : Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Download or read book Fasting Girls written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2000-10-10 with total page 395 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An acclaimed classic from the award-winning author of The Body Project presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century, providing compassion to victims and their families. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion, "wonders of science" whose families capitalized on their ability to survive on flower petals and air, silent screen stars whose strict "slimming" regimens inspired a generation. Here, too, is a fascinating look at how the cultural ramifications of the Industrial Revolution produced a disorder that continues to render privileged young women helpless. Incisive, compassionate, illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all women who are interested in the origins and future of this complex, modern and characteristically female disease.


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