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Issues of dieting fat and slenderness are hot topics in our culture Bordo addresses them from a postmodern but historical feminist perspective In this essay she attempts to explain the appeal of slenderness in our society and also how the ideology of normal our society holds can be mentally and physically damaging for many people So what does it mean to be slender The ideas behind slenderness have changed considerably throughout human existence The Greeks believed that the regulation of food consumption would lead to self mastery and achieve moderation Christians during the middle ages thought of fasting as a way to cleanse to spiritual body Then around the end of the 19th century people began to view the physical body as the enemy rather than the soul Hoping to defeat the body our culture has created a booming market of diets cosmological surgery and exercising equipment The body management market feeds off the trends found in movies and music videos on fashion runways and in advertisements With every new trend comes a new body style Remember the nineties when Kate Moss was on the runways Her body had the shape of a 13 year old boy No curves no shape Yet she was in every magazine wearing Calvin Kleins clothes What about now Pink and her fit body with cuts in her muscles at her hips as we have been seeing men like DAngelo and Usher sculpting It may seem as though there is nothing wrong with wanting to achieve this idealized view of health found in our culture but what happens when the pursuit goes wrong Bordo begins by showing how flab became the enemy As our culture changes so does the idea of the perfect body Thin is not the goal anymore An athletic build free of all bulges and lumps is the desired body style of this day and age During the 80s people who suffered from excessive weight were the
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