By Becky W. Thompson

ISBN-10: 0816624348

ISBN-13: 9780816624348

The 1st of its style, A starvation So broad and So Deep demanding situations the preferred suggestion that consuming difficulties take place basically between white, well-to-do, heterosexual girls. Becky W. Thompson indicates us how race, category, sexuality, and nationality can form women's consuming difficulties. in accordance with in-depth lifestyles heritage interviews with African-American, Latina, and lesbian girls, her ebook chronicles the results of racism, poverty, sexism, acculturation, and sexual abuse on women's our bodies and consuming styles. A starvation So vast and So Deep dispels renowned stereotypes of anorexia and bulimia as signs of shallowness and underscores the hazards of mislabeling what's usually a fashion of dealing with society's personal problems. via that includes the inventive ways that ladies have replaced their undesirable consuming styles and regained belief of their our bodies and appetites, Thompson bargains a message of desire and empowerment that applies throughout race, classification, and sexual choice.

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The picture of a woman is not a woman who has a perfect body that you see on TV. A woman is beautiful because she is a virgin or because she is dedicated to her husband or because she takes care of her kids; because she works at home and does all the things that her husband and family want her to do. But not because she is skinny or fat. In the Dominican Republic, female beauty is closely linked to being a good wife and mother and obeying gendered expectations about virginity and monogamy. Thinness is not a necessary criterion for beauty, regardless of a woman's class.

When Ruthie was ten to twelve years old, her mother made her take a food supplement and iron pills that were supposed to make her hungry. Ruthie did not like the supplement and felt fine about the size of her body. But how Ruthie looked was very important to her mother: "My mother used to get these dresses from Spain. She used to show everyone our closets. They were impeccable. Buster Brown shoes and dresses. " Ruthie questioned whether her mother cared about Ruthie or was actually worried about what the family and neighbors would say.

You are worthless unless you are thin. The lessons about heterosexuality often went hand in hand with lessons about weight and dieting. Not surprisingly, those who questioned their heterosexuality at a young age were often best able to identify how these strictures reinforced each other. One of the characteristics of dominant ideology—including compulsory heterosexuality—is that it is understood as significant only when it is transgressed. This is also the power of dominant ideology, since it is often consciously felt only by those who contest it, who are encouraged — and sometimes forced —to accept it.

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