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Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders



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ISBN 9781572301825
Published March 14, 1994 by Guilford Press
465 Pages

 
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This important new work uses the feminist perspective to illuminate and explore the relationship between the anguish of those who suffer from eating disorders and the problems of ordinary women. The book reviews the history of fashion, appearance norms for women, and body image problems, and provides a sociocultural context for studying recurrent symptoms of the disorder. Chapters offer illuminating discussion on such controversial topics as sexual abuse and its relevance to eating disorders, the mother?daughter relationship, the use of medications, hospitalization, and 12?step programs, and the potentially different contributions of male and female therapists in treating this population. Aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, social works, and other mental health professionals working with patients suffering from eating disorders, this book also serves as a valuable text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in women's studies courses.

Table of Contents

A Gendered Disorder: Lessons from History. Seid, Too "Close to the Bone": The Historical Context for Women's Obsession with Slenderness. O.W. Wooley, ...And Man Created "Woman": Representations of Women's Bodies in Western Culture. Rothblum, "I'll Die for the Revolution But Don't Ask Me Not to Diet": Feminism and the Continuing Stigmatization of Obesity. Perlick, Silverstein, Faces of Female Discontent. Wolf, Hunger. A Place for the Female Body. Brigman, Four Generations of Women: Our Bodies and Lives. Katzman, When Reproductive and Productive Worlds Meet: Collision or Growth? Hutchinson, Imagining Ourselves Whole: A Feminist Approach to Treating Body Image Disorders. Treatment Issues: A Feminist Reanalysis. S.C. Wooley, Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: The Hidden Debate. Burgard, Lyons, Alternatives in Obesity Treatment: Focusing on Health for Fat Women. Raymond, Mitchell, Fallon, Katzman, A Collaborative Approach to the Use of Medication. Sesan, Feminist Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders: An Oxymoron? Rabinor, Mothers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders: Honoring the Mother?Daughter Relationship. van Wormer, "Hi, I'm Jane, I'm a Compulsive Overeater". Reconstructing the Female Text. Tolman, Debold, Conflicts of Body and Image: Female Adolescents, Desires, and the No-Body Body. S.C. Wooley, The Female Therapist as Outlaw. Peters, Fallon, The Journey of Recovery: Dimensions of Change. Thompson, Food, Bodies, and Growing Up Female: Childhood Lessons about Culture, Race, and Class. Possibility. Steiner-Adair, The Politics of Prevention. Kilbourne, Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness. Shisslak, Crago, Toward a New Model for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. Striegel-Moore, Toward a Feminist Research Agenda in the Psychological Research on Eating Disorders.

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An exceptionally important contribution to the field ... Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders is a landmark work and deserves to be widely read and debated by professional workers and students in the field. It is lucidly written and meticulously edited, and its contents will undoubtedly be discussed for many years to come. - Eating Disorders

The most comprehensive, thoughtful, and sensitively written collection of essays now available on eating disorders by leading female psychologists and educators, representing clinicians, theorists, and researchers. - Eating Disorders Review

The entire book is essential reading for graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals, and practitioners. - Choice