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Chapter 13: The Gendered Body Learning objectives: 1. To understand the extent and nature of eating disorders in America. -anorexia involves chronic and dangerous starvation dieting and obsessive exercise -bulimia involves binging and purging; eating large quantities of food and then either vomiting or taking enemas to excrete the food -by far higher rates in the U.S. than in any other country -Anorexia is 3 rd most common chronic illness among adolescents -half of all American girls b/w the ages of 11-13 see themselves as overweight -successful magazines like Men’s Health encourage men and women to see their bodies as projects to be worked on -women are concerned w/ breast size and weight, while men are concerned with muscularity -both are preoccupied w/ those aspects of the male/female body that suggest and exaggerate innate biological differences b/w the sexes -increasing number of men are exhibiting eating disorders -more prevalent among gay men but increases in heterosexual men are also pronounced -women are starving themselves and talk about how fat they are and how they’d feel better if they lost a few more pounds while men are so massively huge and muscular and talk about how small they are and how they have to eat and workout to get bigger 2. To be able to discuss the gendering of body manipulations such as cosmetic surgery and sex-change operations. -gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals are more likely to have tattoos than heterosexuals; males and females are about evenly split -most common tattoo is “mom” or “mother” -women are having tattoos removed due to social stigma -societal support for women with tattoos may not be as strong as for men -women are primary consumers of plastic surgery, but men now make up 13% of all surgical procedures -no longer about which gender is having the surgery, but rather which gender is the one FOR WHOM the surgery is being performed -for women the answer is usually men; women rely on sexual appearance to attract a mate -for men the answer is men; feel a need to look big, strong, and virile in front of other men -penile enlargement: men fear being judged as inadequately masculine by other men -women get genital reconstruction to be tighter and look younger down there for men or have their hymen reattached in order
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