Patriarchal Internalization and Resistance to, or; ‘Why Isn’t Every Woman a Feminist?’

“As noted earlier, women punish themselves too for the failure to conform. The growing literature on women’s body size is filled with wrenching confessions of shame from the overweight: I felt clumsy and huge. I felt that I would knock over furniture, bump into things, tip over chairs, not fit into VW’s, especially when people... Continue Reading →

Patriarchy and the Panopticon

"The woman who checks her make-up half a dozen times a day to see if her foundation has caked or her mascara run, who worries that the wind or rain may spoil her hairdo, who looks frequently to see if her stockings have bagged at the ankle, or who, feeling fat, monitors everything she eats,... Continue Reading →

The Cult of Thinness

"Ever since I was 10 years old I always wanted to be the thinnest, the prettiest. ‘Cause I thought, if I look like this, then I’m going to have so many boyfriends, and guys are going to be so in love with me, and I'll be taken care of for the rest of my life."... Continue Reading →

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