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Beauty sick : how the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women

Engeln, Renee. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library BF 697.5 .B63 E54 2017 30775305533615 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062469779
  • ISBN: 0062469770
  • ISBN: 9780062469786
  • ISBN: 0062469789
  • ISBN: 9780062469793
  • ISBN: 9780062669988
  • ISBN: 9781538415863
  • ISBN: 1538415860
  • Physical Description: print
    xiv, 383 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper an imprint of Harper CollinsPublishers, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- This is beauty sickness. Will I be pretty? ; Just like a woman ; I, object -- This is what beauty sickness does to women. Your mind on your body and your body on your mind ; It's a shame ; Your money and your time -- This is how the media feeds beauty sickness. Malignant mainstream media ; (Anti)social media and online obsessions -- The ways we're fighting beauty sickness aren't working. Media literacy is not enough ; The problem with "real beauty" -- How we can fight beauty sickness. Turning down the volume ; Stop the body talk ; Function over form ; Learning to love your body and teaching others to do the same ; Turning away from the mirror to face the world.
Summary, etc.: "Today's young women face a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty. They don't want to be Barbie dolls but, like generations of women before them, are told they must look like them. They're angry about the media's treatment of women but hungrily consume the very outlets that belittle them. They mock modern culture's absurd beauty ideal and make videos exposing Photoshopping tricks, but feel pressured to emulate the same images they criticize by posing with a "skinny arm." They understand that what they see isn't real but still download apps to airbrush their selfies. Yet these same young women are fierce fighters for the issues they care about. They are ready to fight back against their beauty-sick culture and create a different world for themselves, but they need a way forward."--
Subject: Body image in women

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*Starred Review* Northwestern University psychology professor Engeln's sharp examination of beauty sickness reveals its disturbing impact on women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Defined as what happens when women's emotional energy gets so bound up with what they see in the mirror that it becomes harder for them to see other aspects of their lives, beauty sickness is incredibly destructive. Engeln's research explores how media representations of idealized femininity affect women's self-confidence as well as how women learn to evaluate their own appearances and self-monitor. Each chapter intersperses Engeln's interviews with analysis of her lab studies and other research. The interviews allow women to explain their own diverse experiences with beauty sickness. Engeln's writing is engaging and conversational, and often includes notes on her own experiences as examples of the concepts she introduces. Beauty Sick addresses a wide range of subjects, including media, social-media usage, disordered eating, ineffective methods to promote body positivity, and ways that beauty sickness may be overcome. Engeln's book is thought-provoking and will be fascinating for all readers, especially those interested in psychology, cultural studies, media, or gender studies.--Chanoux, Laura Copyright 2017 Booklist

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Engeln teaches psychology at Northwestern University where she runs the Body and Media Lab (BAM), and became known for her 2013 TEDx talk, "An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness." A scholar at ease with social media and popular culture, she offers compelling evidence about how women and girls have been "brainwashed" into believing stereotypes about what is "beautiful." This never-ending quest, Engeln suggests, leaves women dispirited, unable to use their time more meaningfully, and lighter in the pocketbook each time they buy new products that promise them (however enlightened they appear to be) love and happiness. Although obviously angry, the author can also be judicious and honest about the quandaries women (including herself) face. VERDICT There's a world of complexity attached to the idea of being beautiful, and this well-written discussion about particular aspects of it should be well received in both public and academic libraries.-Ellen Gilbert, Princeton, NJ © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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