Bodies (Ebook)

Susie Orbach

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'A timely counterblast against our harsh new visual culture, obsessed with the perfection of the physical self.' - The Times

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran, behind the Hijab there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.

In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this book, she raises the fundamental questions about how we arrived here and proposes a new theory on how we became embodied.

Publication date: 09/07/2010

£9.99

ISBN: 9781847651266

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Bodies (Paperback)

Susie Orbach

We may be the last generation to inhabit bodies not routinely reconstructed by surgical enhancements. Over the last decades, our body has become an individual statement and a crucial personal responsibility. For many of us, it is the source of terrible difficulty while for others it is an expensive commodity...

'A smart and rich compendium of what is going on within and without our bodies today ... in this brave and significant book, Orbach does battle with a full quiver of her own fire-tipped arrows, her blazing firebrand levelled at self-hatred in all its forms.' the Times

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.

In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this updated edition of Bodies, she addresses the modern challenges to body-image, exposing how social media has exacerbated existing issues and creates new ways we relate to our bodies. In the past decade, despite campaigns promoting body positivity, often unproven and unregulated dietary products have proliferated throughout the world. Meanwhile, movements such as #MeToo have revealed what has changed in our attitudes to bodies and what has, unfortunately, remained the same.

Publication date: 15/08/2019

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788162883

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Bodies (Ebook)

Susie Orbach

We may be the last generation to inhabit bodies not routinely reconstructed by surgical enhancements. Over the last decades, our body has become an individual statement and a crucial personal responsibility. For many of us, it is the source of terrible difficulty while for others it is an expensive commodity...

'A smart and rich compendium of what is going on within and without our bodies today ... in this brave and significant book, Orbach does battle with a full quiver of her own fire-tipped arrows, her blazing firebrand levelled at self-hatred in all its forms.' the Times

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.

In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this updated edition of Bodies, she addresses the modern challenges to body-image, exposing how social media has exacerbated existing issues and creates new ways we relate to our bodies. In the past decade, despite campaigns promoting body positivity, often unproven and unregulated dietary products have proliferated throughout the world. Meanwhile, movements such as #MeToo have revealed what has changed in our attitudes to bodies and what has, unfortunately, remained the same.

Publication date: 15/08/2019

£8.99

ISBN: 9781782836230

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B07NF7X41M

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Reviews for Bodies

'This is a serious book - and one of the saddest I've read in a long time. It is grounded in compassion, righteous anger and practical good sense ... I came away having learnt something. We are at war with our own bodies, and both sides are losing.'

 Daily Mail

'A terrifying, terrific read'

 Scotland on Sunday

'Could make you rethink starting that post-Christmas diet. A 2010 must-have if you want to understand your body issues.'

 Now

'Original in her diagnoses and sympathetic in her treatment, she comes across as the intellectual lovechild of Freud and Trisha. How could this not be compulsive reading?'

Laura Silverman Daily Mail

'Combining heartfelt polemic with heartbreaking case studies, Bodies unpicks the tangle of influences that conspire against a "stable body"'

Victoria Segal Guardian

'A timely counterblast against our harsh new visual culture, obsessed with the perfection of the physical self.'

 the Times

'[A] superb analysis of the range of ways one can change one's body and the number of images of the body one encounters.'

Lesley McDowell Herald [Glasgow]

'A smart and rich compendium of what is going on within and without our bodies today ... in this brave and significant book, Orbach does battle with a full quiver of her own fire-tipped arrows, her blazing firebrand levelled at self-hatred in all its forms.'

 The Times

Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. She is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre of London, a former Guardian columnist and visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the author of a number of books including What Do Women Want, On Eating, Hunger Strike, The Impossibility of Sex, Bodies – which won the Women in Psychology Prize – and the international bestseller Fat is a Feminist Issue, which has sold well over a million copies. The New York Times said, 'She is probably the most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud'. She lives in London and lectures extensively worldwide.

Find her on Twitter @psychoanalysis

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