Reducing Bodies: Mass Culture and the Female Figure in Postwar America

1st Edition

Elizabeth M. Matelski

Routledge
Published May 26, 2017
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9781138681668 - CAT# Y265674

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Reducing Bodies: Mass Culture and the Female Figure in Postwar America explores the ways in which women in the years following World War II refashioned their bodies—through reducing diets, exercise, and plastic surgery—and asks what insights these changing beauty standards can offer into gender dynamics in postwar America. Drawing on novel and untapped sources, including insurance industry records, this engaging study considers questions of gender, health, and race and provides historical context for the emergence of fat studies and contemporary conversations of the "obesity epidemic."

 

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