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Each of us is born male or female but not masculine or feminine Our bodies are transformed into recognizably masculine or feminine bodies through various cultural disciplines and practices If both women and men are culturally disciplined how does patriarchal domination incorporate itself into our cultural practices to create the docile bodies of women In American society there is currently an emphasis on excessive thinness of women and girls This obsession with the slenderness of female bodies which advertising both creates and perpetuates is an essential part of the struggle aimed at restricting and immobilizing womens lives within patriarchy In Susan Bordos anthology titled Unbearable Weight she examines the body as a text of femininity Bordo writes that we learn what femininity consists of and how to achieve it directly through bodily discourse Loss of mobility loss of voice inability to leave the home feeding others while starving oneself taking up space and whittling down for the space ones body takes up--all have political meaning for women under the varying rules governing the historical construction of gender Women are disciplined to feed others not the self They develop an other-orientated emotional economy Bordo argues that female appetite for food is a metaphorical expression of female hunger for power in the public sphere and in the bedroom It follows then that controlling womens appetite for food is related to limiting their movement and power in generalBordo attributes this ideological belief to Victorian times when showing women eating was a representational taboo and celebrations of female sexuality used images of women eating explicitly lustily and joyfully The images that media surround us with most often agree with our cultures gender ideology Men are almost never shown spending time on cooking Almost all food advertisements show a woman visible or implied who has prepared the food being shown Women are shown nourishing others almost never themselves It is actually suggested that women receive gratification through feeding others When
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