Leslie Heywood's Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women's Body Building PDF

By Leslie Heywood

ISBN-10: 0813524792

ISBN-13: 9780813524795

ISBN-10: 0813524806

ISBN-13: 9780813524801

"A hugely specified and clean contribution. Heywood not just theorizes the relationships between feminism, activism, and bodybuilding but additionally offers what such a lot of works on outfitted girl our bodies lack-a female old context. . . . Heywood concludes with a choice for girls to 'feel our muscle groups, our strength, our negative, very good, enormous strengths' by means of forsaking aerobics, exchanging gentle weights with heavy ones, and claiming our correct to take in area. . . . like several influential and groundbreaking works, this ebook increases new and critical questions that are supposed to supply grist for a lot feminist debate and scholarship in coming years."-Signs "Bodymakers is such a lot bold in phrases of its engagement with feminist cultural feedback and its unconventional scope. Heywood reviews on movie, novels, journal photographs, renowned criticisms of feminism, the J. workforce catalog, [and] the idea of energy feminism."-Gender and Society "In this brilliantly insightful and immensely readable booklet, Leslie Heywood makes us imagine approximately women's physique development in a wholly new approach. She argues persuasively that, faraway from being an individualistic, apolitical act, it is a robust kind of resistance, empowering girls to beat their sufferer prestige and heal prior abuse." -Myra Dinnerstein, collage of Arizona "Bodymakers has an influence and an honesty that's strange in a e-book with its theoretical sophistication." -Susan Bordo, writer of insufferable Weight and Twilight Zones: The Hidden lifetime of Cultural photographs from Plato to O.J. "With readability, strength, and passionate funding grounded in either idea and her personal event, Heywood knows that ladies can increase physique, brain, and spirit via daily perform. Her argument that physique construction is that this type of activist perform is as inspirational because it is poignant." -Joanna Frueh, writer of Erotic schools "Flexing her muscle tissues via autobiographical, theoretical, and incredible acts, Heywood insists that we learn the muscular lady physique no longer as an 'extreme oddity' yet as a 'form of activism' via which we will be able to comprehend anew higher cultural concerns and developments, together with the yankee romance with individualism and the connection of moment and 3rd wave feminisms. Muscular woman our bodies is absolutely not learn within the related method again." -Sidonie Smith, college of Michigan girls with muscle tissues are a contemporary phenomenon, so fresh that, whereas producing a great deal of curiosity, their significance to the cultural panorama has but to be stated. Leslie Heywood appears on the recreation and photograph of lady physique construction as a metaphor for a way girls fare in our present political and cultural weather. She argues that the circulate in women's physique development from small, gentle our bodies to massive robust ones and again back is without delay hooked up to development and backlash in the abortion debate, the continuing fight for race and gender equality, and the fight to outline "feminism" within the context of the nineties. She discusses lady physique development as activism, as a frequently potent reaction to abuse, race and masculinity in physique development, and the contradictory ways in which photographers deal with lady physique developers. enticing and obtainable, Bodymakers finds how girl physique developers locate themselves either trapped and empowered by means of their sport.

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