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Bodies (Big Ideas)
Bodies (Big Ideas)
by Susie Orbach
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and muddled, 13 Feb 2009
This review is from: Bodies (Big Ideas) (Paperback)
I had great hopes that Susie Orbach's latest book would break new ground and give us some substantial new ideas about how women look at their bodies, their acute anxiety about their appearance and the constant pressure to improve their bodies to fit some illusory ideal of female perfection. But the book mainly retreads old ground and familiar facts (the phoney obesity scare, the desire for a celebrity body etc) without adding any significant new theories or explanations. As well as overdoing the jargon (e.g. "bio-physical emotional structuring"), the text rambles and meanders without any clear sense of direction or central argument. In the end I was left baffled as to what exactly she would do to reduce this excessive "body-moulding" and the social pressures that are causing it.

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