bodies - Bodies Socio-historical and cultural context \u25cf \u201cThe body is lived experienced but is done so in ways which are profoundly influenced by

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Bodies Socio-historical and cultural context: “The body is lived, experienced, but is done so in ways which are profoundly influenced by social processes and shaped by particular social contexts.” Beauty Myth: What we call “beautiful” is a cultural myth that has been framed to keep women under control by imprisoning them in their bodies The ideal is white, thin, tall, young, blonde, big breasts, and (necessarily) rich It has become global, aided by cosmetic, dieting, medical industries Women are trapped in cycle of cosmetics, beauty aids, diets, exercise fanatics, making women’s bodies into prisons Gendered Body Projects: Almost all cultures construct gender patterns which enforce the dichotomous gender system, and they do this by requiring “body work” Women’s bodies are “required” to be de-haired, deodorized, and denied food far more than men’s “Mow the Lawn” Women are supposed to worry about cankles, muffin tops, love handles, saddle bags For men, size matters Men are becoming more concerned with appearance and grooming habits “Fight for Kisses” Cost of beauty: The life total of a woman’s expenditure averages to $449, 127 The real cost: The body becomes an individual project and the site for the construction of identity Bodies are not simply objects determined by culture but rather situated in culture as part of the process of negotiating and re-negotiating self- identity In support of beauty: While Wolf argues the beauty myth is a method of maintaining gender inequality, others argue in support of beauty as being more than about women’s
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