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The Good Body

Eve Ensler

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Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a "good body." "In the 1950s," Eve writes, girls were "pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore girdles and waist-pinchers. . . . In recent years good girls join the army. They climb the corporate ladder. They go to the gym. . . . They wear painful pointy shoes. They don't eat too much. They . . . don't eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good." The Good Body starts with Eve's tortured relationship with her own "post-forties" stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the "flabby badness" out. As Eve hungrily seeks self-acceptance, she is joined by the voices of women from L.A. to Kabul, whose obsessions are also laid bare: A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating "spread," a stubborn layer of fat that she calls "a second pair of thighs." The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed-inch by inch-by her "perfectionist" husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother's long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups. Along the way, Eve also introduces us to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature's diversity; an Indian woman who transcends "treadmill mania" and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Eve's global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the "good bodies" we inhabit. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

1h 26m


Chapters

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04:10

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:37