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 agood body.a aIn the 1950s, a Eve writes, girls were apretty, 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 donat eat too much. They . . . donat eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good.a The Good Body starts with Eveas tortured relationship with her own apost-fortiesa stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the aflabby badnessa 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 aspread, a a stubborn layer of fat that she calls aa second pair of thighs.a The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructedainch by inchaby her aperfectionista husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her motheras 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 natureas diversity; an Indian woman who transcends atreadmill maniaa 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 Eveas global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the agood bodiesa we inhabit. From the Hardcover edition.These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Eveas global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the agood bodiesa we inhabit.
|Title||:||The Good Body|
|Publisher||:||Villard - 2004-11-09|