Body hatred: book "Bodies" by Orback

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Body hatred: book "Bodies" by Orback
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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 8:10am

I just read this review and thought it seemed really interesting. It fits along what we've been talking about here with hating body parts, wanting to sculpt the perfect body, etc.






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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 9:19am

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The idea: People around the world—men included—now treat their bodies as vanity projects: every pore, curve and feature is an opportunity for self-improvement. Instead of a tool for production, the body is a production in itself. In our culture, beauty is an ambition like any other metric of success, and body hatred is the West's silent export. >>


I don't think I've ever thought about this way but that is exactly what's going on. I'm going to get this book. This reminds me, too, of a local eating disorders support group that promotes the book, Fat is Not

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 9:19am

Ok, as I was perusing haircuts, I found some pics of Lisa Rinna (sp?).

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 11:31am

well, i agree with the bolded language and i don't think it's just about going to extremes of plastic surgery, etc. -- as i've said before, i think that it's unhealthy to look at the body as a series of different parts that need to be improved even if you aren't obsessing or taking extreme measures. i don't even think "body hatred" is the biggest problem; i think "body disdain" or even "body

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 12:19pm

Jen, I know what you mean. I definitely still have body-hatred days but I'm over posting about them here. Posting about this and reading about it brings my attention to a topic I'm already working hard to not obsess over.

The flip side is that I think venting can be useful and it helps to know that others understand your frustrations and aggravations. I know on some of the abuse boards they label posts with "TR" for trigger. Maybe we could do that here? Or dedicate one thread a week to general griping so that if you don't want to read it, you don't have to...?

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 2:41pm
Um ... I didn't post this. Jean did. So maybe you want to rant at Jean?
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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 2:56pm

Jen, know that what you post is valuable.

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 3:02pm

And here's my little peeve...

We should entirely discard the BMI notion entirely as it's more or less useless for people who have a high muscle mass. It's nothing but a glorified height and weight scale.

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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 3:34pm

You know, once I read it, it seemed so obvious but I never thought of it that way before. I wonder how much time and energy and money is spent on our appearance and how it could do so much more elsewhere.






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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 3:35pm
And she's modeling a false standard. Even pictures we see of the stars isn't what they look like IRL.





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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 3:40pm
The BMI was a stupid change from the height/weight chart and isn't any different. I want to know who the "expert" was who came up with it.





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