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by Eve Ensler

Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “In the 1950s,” Eve writes, girls were “pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore girdles and waist-pinchers. . . . In recent years good girls join the army. They climb the corporate ladder. They go to the gym. . . . They wear painful pointy shoes. They don’t eat too much. They . . . don’t eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good.”The Good Body starts with Eve’s tortured relationship with her own “post-forties” stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the “flabby badness” out. As Eve hungrily seeks self-acceptance, she is joined by the voices of women from L.A. to Kabul, whose obsessions are also laid bare: A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating “spread,” a stubborn layer of fat that she calls “a second pair of thighs.” The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed–inch by inch–by her “perfectionist” husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother’s long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups.Along the way, Eve also introduces us to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature’s diversity; an Indian woman who transcends “treadmill mania” and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Eve’s global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the “good bodies” we inhabit.From the Hardcover edition.
Download The Good Body epub
ISBN: 0739315005
ISBN13: 978-0739315002
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Specific Groups
Author: Eve Ensler
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (November 9, 2004)
ePUB size: 1335 kb
FB2 size: 1370 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 473
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As someone who has always struggled to "fit in" on some level, this just shows me that all over the world, many women feel the same way.
The countries that lack the social media, have the most love for themselves and their bodies. After reading this, I have realized that if I focus too much on what I hate about myself, it will never get better.
Worrying about something so much, just makes your goals seem so unattainable.
Even Ensler is great, and I plan on reading all she has to say; and I want to say thank you to her for putting these written words out there. Without them, I wouldn't know how great is it to be me, and all of the things Me and a woman in America has, and has taken for granted. This book of less than 100 pages has taught me so much. I am so happy that I took the time to read it.
I will pass it on to all of my friends that are willing to read it as well. <3
_The Good Body_ touches on an interesting and important subject, even if I am not in the demographic. However, Ensler's text is spare and lacks focus. She tries and succeeds to personalize body image issues, but the only one I feel she deals with is her own. The lack of focus hurts the texts as there is nothing specific to center on as there is in her more well-known work. This text seems more self-indulgent than her other work, and the main thing to recommend the text is its brevity.
I saw this play in Salt Lake City, Utah a few years ago with my mom. I absolutely loved it. What a great reminder that women can do great things in the world when we stop obsessing over our bodies and picking them apart. They truly are 'good bodies' and can change the world.
Eve Ensler delves into how women feel about our bodies. As a woman this book will make you see that you are not alone in your feelings and will ignite feelings of power about who you are as a woman regardless of your shape and size.
This book is good for women of all ages. It lets us know and appreciate who we are as women. All young women should read this. Thank you Eve.
Required text for class, I would not read it otherwise. Book was like new
I bought this for a friend.
Gotta like Eve. Why I like it does not matter to anyone else. You have to check it out yourself. Eve put Vagina on the map; so that's cool. Thanks.