Summary of Hunger as an Ideology

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Morelli 1 Krista Morelli Mr. Fortier English Writing 112 3 October 2007 Summary: Hunger as Ideology Hunger as Ideology by Susan Bordo is a series of installments that talk about the constant pressure on women and men to portray the media’s image of the perfect physical shape. In doing so, women and men are pressured, almost forced, into trying to obtain the perfect physique. This, by consequence, has an enormous affect on the amount of people that suffer from the constant pressure to not eat, watch their diet, or consume way less than what we as people are able to function on. Because of this, eating disorders are commonly perceived as the ultimate way to gain the kind of body people are always looking for. Many aspects of the media have a great effect on the every day American- from Virginia Slim ads to Hilary Clinton’s political speeches. This kind of pressure has existed since the Victorian ages, where women were prided on not
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Unformatted text preview: eating and not putting emphasis on extravagant things such as food. As much as these aspects of culture affect both men and women, each gender is affected in a different way and follows different ways of obtaining their desired physique or handling their eating disorder. For example, women bulimics are more apt to eat small portions in public and binge in private, whereas men are more apt to do exactly the opposite and binge in public places or with fellow men. Bordo also brings up the point that women are pressured into eating less because of embarrassment, or are self-conscious about themselves when they eat things like ice cream in public, and more often then not will refuse food all together. Overall, Hunger as Ideology brings up the complexity of the medias influence on men and women and how society reacts as a whole to such a mainstream way of thinking....
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