By Sarah Grogan

Body picture: figuring out physique Dissatisfaction in males, ladies and youngsters presents a assessment of what's shortly identified and the result of a few new examine on physique photograph. It compares the consequences of gender, sexuality, social type, age and ethnicity on pride with the way in which we glance and indicates how those adjustments come up. Why, for example, are heterosexual males a lot happier with their physique photos than girls or homosexual males? Sarah Grogan discusses the impression of media presentation of the appropriate physique and different cultural impacts. strangely, regardless of the virtually specific media choice for extraordinarily younger girl our bodies, she unearths that older ladies should not much less happy with their our bodies than young women. Written for readers from various disciplines, this transparent and eclectic ebook will make the fitting textual content for college kids from psychology, sociology, gender and media reviews.

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The Body Attitudes Questionnaire (Ben-Tovim and Walker, 1991) covers six distinct aspects of body experience: feelings of fatness, selfdisparagement, strength, salience of weight, feelings of attractiveness, and consciousness of lower-body fat. The scale is specifically designed for women, and produces separate scores on each of the sub-scales, and covers a wider range of body-related attitudes than alternatives such as the Cooper et al. (1987) scale. Example questions include ‘I worry that my thighs and bottom look dimply’ and ‘I try to avoid clothes that make me especially aware of my shape’.

Charles and Kerr link body dissatisfaction to women’s inferior position in society, seeing control of the body as a realisable goal for women who may find it impossible to exert power externally: Women are constantly trying to reduce, or increase, their body size so that it will conform to the ideal, abnormally slim conception of female beauty which dominates our culture. At the same time their social position is often one of powerlessness and the body, something which can be brought under control and which power can be exerted over, bears the brunt of women’s rage and feelings of impotence.

Fifty-five British women aged 18 to 35 were asked to rate, on a 10-point scale, how satisfied they felt with each body part (where 1 = complete dissatisfaction and 10 = complete satisfaction). Compared to a sample of forty-seven British men in the same age range, the women were significantly less satisfied with all body parts, and especially with thighs, buttocks and hips. Dissatisfaction with the lower part of the body, where flesh tends to accumulate in women, is widely documented in studies using a variety of different methods, as will be seen below.

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