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THE ORIGINAL ANTI-DIET BOOK IS BACK - in one volume together with its best-selling sequel.
When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then.
Updated throughout, it includes a frank new introduction by Susie Orbach that brings this book to a new generation of readers whilst offering a current perspective for its original fans. With an increasingly dominant diet industry, costing the consumer millions of pounds each year, Susie Orbach's best-selling classic is as important as ever in helping women to love their own body and face the demands of 21st-century living with confidence.
'A smart and rich compendium of what is going on within and without our bodies today ... in this brave and significant book, Orbach does battle with a full quiver of her own fire-tipped arrows, her blazing firebrand levelled at self-hatred in all its forms.' the Times
In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.
In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this updated edition of Bodies, she addresses the modern challenges to body-image, exposing how social media has exacerbated existing issues and creates new ways we relate to our bodies. In the past decade, despite campaigns promoting body positivity, often unproven and unregulated dietary products have proliferated throughout the world. Meanwhile, movements such as #MeToo have revealed what has changed in our attitudes to bodies and what has, unfortunately, remained the same.
Worldwide, an increasingly diverse and growing number of people are seeking therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about ourselves.
Susie Orbach has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Also a million-copy bestselling author, The New York Times called her the 'most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud'. Here, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy through a series of dramatized case studies.
Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, In Therapy: The Unfolding Story is an essential read for those curious about, or considering entering, therapy. This complete edition takes us deeper into the world of therapy, with 13 further sessions and a new introduction.
Worldwide, increasingly large numbers of people are seeing therapists on a regular basis. In the UK alone, 1.5 million people are in therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about what makes us tick.
Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Here, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help - through five dramatised case studies. Originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series, here the improvised dialogue is replicated as a playscript, and Orbach offers us the experience of reading along with a session, while revealing what is going on behind each exchange between analyst and client.
Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, In Therapy is an essential read for those curious about, or considering entering, therapy.
Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection.
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Half a century after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism - all coloured a brilliant neuro-pink?
In this volume, fifty women young and old - writers, politicians, actors, scientists, mothers - reflect on the shades that inspired them and what being woman means to them today.
Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Joan Bakewell, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Pussy Riot, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Sandi Toksvig, Natasha Walter, Timberlake Wertenbaker Jeanette Winterson - alongside the three editors.
In crystal-clear prose, Susie Orbach and Luise Eichenbaum explore the relationships of men and women, explaining how men have learned to “manage” their dependency needs very differently to women, and why women feel so dependent and hungry for love. They show conclusively why dependency on both sides is the essential core of any successful relationship and how it offers a new blueprint for the future. First published in 1983, this feminist classic has been thoroughly revised for today’s audience. Its message is as relevant as ever.
"Praktisch die gesamte Debatte über Körper-Bilder und Schönheits(wahn)vorstellungen verdankt ihre Existenz den beharrlich entlarvenden Formulierungen von Susie Orbach." Naomi Wolf, Autorin von "Der Mythos Schönheit
Nicht erst seit sie Lady Di wegen deren Bulimie behandelte, ist Susie Orbach eine der bekanntesten Psychotherapeutinnen unserer Zeit. Seit Jahrzehnten zeigt sie in ihren Büchern auf, wie unser Selbstwertgefühl durch unseren Körper geprägt und häufig destabilisiert wird. Einen entscheidenden Anteil hat daran die Schönheits-, Pharma- und Diätindustrie, deren Gewinn in dem Maße wächst, in dem wir unseren Körper als "nicht richtig" wahrnehmen. Der Körperfetischismus, der schnell zum Körperhass werden kann, ist längst kein Problem der Frauen mehr, Bulimie, Anorexie sind immer weiter verbreitete Phänomene bei Männern und auch Kindern. Und wenn sich - um nur ein Beispiel zu nennen - 50% der koreanischen Frauen ihre Augenlider so operieren lassen, dass sie "westlich" aussehen, dann ist der Körperhass der industrialisierten Welt ein heimlicher Exportschlager in Zeiten der Globalisierung.
Susie Orbach zeigt auf, wodurch unser Körper geprägt wird. Welchen Einfluss haben kulturelles Umfeld, die Familie, der gesellschaftliche Zusammenhang, in dem wir uns bewegen? Welche Auswirkungen hat es, wenn wir pro Woche durchschnittlich mit 2000 bis 5000 Bildern digital manipulierter Körper konfrontiert werden?
Aufrüttelnd, provokativ, engagiert und temperamentvoll. Susie Orbach hat ein fundiertes Buch vorgelegt, das von der amerikanischen und britischen Presse hoch gelobt wird.
Ein Buch, das uns angeht.