Lydia’s Library Books


The Cult of Thinness

According to research from this book, the ratio of males with eating disorders to females with ED is 1:10.

Why is that? Most literature I’ve read styles male EDs as being vocational (ie they’re wrestlers, so they purposefully gain weight, etc.), even while admitting that there has to be more to it. This book devotes a whole section on male body image through a discussion of body builders who simply cannot stop. Continue reading this entry »


Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

The title of this entry is the name of (one of) the book(s) I’m reading right now (by Susan Bordo), and I’ve got to say… it’s one of those books that makes you feel kind of silly because everything you’ve thought about in moments of revelation is already in there. No matter, I’m glad I found it. I don’t agree with everything I suppose, but that’s for another post (I swear, I’m going to start posting again! I have time off from work now- that gives me some prime thinking time).

Anyway, one of the major points that Bordo makes in this book is that eating disorders are less pathology and more a product of a misogynistic culture. Personally, while I feel like this is a very legitimate and truthful argument, I also think that there is a lot to gain from contemporary psychological theories and explanations- especially those that place eating disorders under the category of coping mechanisms. However, this entry isn’t really going to go into that. I’m just going to start with the very basics of eating disorders and negative body image as a result of Western culture. My starting point is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately (so much, in fact, that I got a book on Plato out from the library..), and that’s the separation of mind and body into a dualism. Continue reading this entry »