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The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 1, 1998
Pages 267
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679735298
ISBN-10 0679735291
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Based on candid journal entries and photographs, the author of Fasting Girls explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same. The ideal of the day, however, was inner beauty: a focus on good deeds and a pure heart. Today American women have more social choices and personal freedom than ever before. But fifty-three percent of our girls are dissatisfied with their bodies by the age of thirteen, and many begin a pattern of weight obsession and dieting as early as eight or nine. Why?

In The Body Project, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg answers this question, drawing on diary excerpts and media images from 1830 to the present. Tracing girls' attitudes toward topics ranging from breast size and menstruation to hair, clothing, and cosmetics, she exposes the shift from the Victorian concern with character to our modern focus on outward appearance—in particular, the desire to be model-thin and sexy. Compassionate, insightful, and gracefully written, The Body Project explores the gains and losses adolescent girls have inherited since they shed the corset and the ideal of virginity for a new world of sexual freedom and consumerism—a world in which the body is their primary project.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679402978
 
1 edition from Random House Inc (September 1, 1997)
9780679402978 | details & prices | 267 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679735298
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Vintage Books (October 1, 1998)
9780679735298 | details & prices | 267 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies
Miscellaneous
from Vintage Books (June 9, 2010)
9780307755742 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $16.00
Reinforced
from Demco Media (April 1, 1998); titled "Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls"
9780606187367 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.50
About: Explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613180672
 
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780613180672 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Explains how growing up female has changed over the past century and argues that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies

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