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Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body - Susan Bordo, Leslie Heywood The topic of body image and its associated behaviors are efficiently preluded on the first page of Susan Bordo’s book through Delmore Schwartz’s poem The Heavy Bear. It introduces the dualism of the body; how it is both our being as well as an inescapable pest. It expounds on the idea that the body is a “brute” equipped with a primitive need to consume in order to feel fulfillment. Essentially, the body is heavy baggage for many people, constantly pulling downwards towards what it “needs”, but not necessarily towards what the mind wants. The rest of the book really revolved around that and I enjoyed it.