'"Unbearable Weight" is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body - weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more - in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape - finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it' - Katha Pollitt, "Nation" columnist and author of "Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture" (2001).
Susan Bordo is Singletary Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999), and Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (California, 1997).