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The Feminine Body Bartky p states that we are born male or female but not masculine or feminine Femininity is an artifice and achievement a mode of enacting and reenacting received gender norms which surface as so many styles of the flesh In todays society there does seem to be a significant rise in disciplinary practices that produce a body which in gesture and appearance is recognizably feminine p However the female figure has changed over time and nowadays women are striving more for the look of slimness bordering on emanciation p But think back to the eighteenth century when the larger woman was considered the norm of beauty and now this massiveness power and abundance in a womans body is met with distaste Thus remaining a female preoccupation with appearance that is almost universal I challenge every woman to ask themselves this question does having a beautiful of sexy body really gain them any respect or social power Sure they may use their bodies to attract male attention using this admiration to compensate for their inferior self- esteem yet the sad irony is that the more energy a woman expends focusing on her body as an object of admiration the less real contact with her body she will have Womens preoccupation with appearance is psychologically damaging But cultural ideas about femininity make it extremely difficult to distinguish self affirming behavior from that which contributes to our persona or our false self Each time we try to create a feeling of being feminine we involve ourselves in the production of something artificial- a performance In fact when we say to ourselves fix the flaw we only reinforce our perception of ourselves as being damaged and not good enough My
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