Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years by Louise Foxcroft
The Tattooed Lady: A History by Amelia Klem Osterud
Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight, and What We Can Do About It by Harriet Brown
World Has Curves: the Global Quest for the Perfect Body by Julia Savacool
Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion Before the Sixties by Amanda H. Littauer
In this innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. She argues that sexual liberation was much more than a reaction to 1950s repression because it largely involved the mainstreaming of a counterculture already on the rise among girls and young women decades earlier. From World War II-era "victory girls" to teen lesbians in the 1940s and 1950s, these nonconforming women and girls navigated and resisted intense social and interpersonal pressures to fit existing mores, using the upheavals of the era to pursue new sexual freedoms. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.)
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire by Lisa M. Diamond
This book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. The author argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual, but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups and different love relationships. (Publisher)
Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life by Gail Sheehy
In this groundbreaking work, cultural observer Sheehy reveals a hidden phenomenon--increased vitality in women's sex and love lives after fifty. This is a new universe of passionate, liberated women--married and single--who are unwilling to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age and are now realizing they don't have to. --From publisher description.
America and the Pill: a History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May
In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as "the pill." Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning--it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. --Publisher description.
Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
While the media has focused--often to sensational effect--on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of rape on campus, in Girls and Sex Peggy Orenstein brings much more to the table. She examines the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people's lives; what it means to be the "the perfect slut" and why many girls scorn virginity; the complicated terrain of hookup culture and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault. In Orenstein's hands these issues are never reduced to simplistic "truths;" rather, her powerful reporting opens up a dialogue on a potent, often silent, subtext of American life today. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.)