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Woman are in a constant pression to contour their bodies in order to please the eyes of others

Woman are in a constant pression to contour their bodies in order to please the eyes of others Woman are in a constant pression to contour their bodies in order to please the eyes of others
Source: Mercedes deBellard
The Female Eunuch
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The Female Eunuch
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There is a kind of class distinction in sexual preferences. The darling of the working class is still curvy and chubby, but the fashionable middle class is paying respects to slenderness, and even thinness.

For women, there is one aspect which is common to both situations: demands are made upon them to contour their bodies in order to please the eyes of others.

Women are so insecure that they consistently take measures to capitulate to this demandc whether it is rational or not. The thinnest women either diet because of imagined grossness somewhere or fret because they are not curvaceous: the curviest worry about the bounciness of their curves, or diet to lose them. The curvy girl who ought to be thin and the thin girl who ought to be curvy are offered more or less dangerous medications to achieve their aims.

In each case the woman is tailoring herself to appeal to a buyers’ market; her most exigent buyer maybe her husband, who goes on exacting her approximation to the accepted image as a condition of his continuing desire and pride in her.

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