In western society, women have been confined to the social roles of the wife and the mother, which Orbach believes has effects that influence obesity. She states that a woman requires a man to step into either role, and that the acquisition of a man involves “learn[ing] to regard herself as an item, a commodity, a sex object” (para. 6). This perception of the female self leads to a preoccupation with appearance, claims Orbach, which necessitates critical inspection every element of a woman’...
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...n flaws readers may notice is that much of the information no longer seems relevant to western culture. I wonder how much more effective the paper could have been, had it been written more recently. If Orbach, who remains an active voice against dieting and a committed feminist, sought out up to date information and decided to rewrite this paper, I can only imagine how much more convincing it might be.
Cahill, Larry. “Why Sex Matters for Neuroscience.” Nature Reviews (10 May 2006). Web. 28 Sep. 2011. 1-8.
Orbach, Susie. “Fat as a Feminist Issue.” They Say I Say with Readings. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russell Durst. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. 200-205.
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