Dead weight : essays on hunger and harm / Emmeline Clein.
Book | Alfred A. Knopf | 2024 | First edition.

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Edition
First edition.
Description
275 pages ; 25 cm
Note
"This is a Borzoi book" -- T.p. verso.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-275).
Contents
Prologue -- On our knees -- Sin/symptom -- Red virgin, red heifer -- "Too sick to trust" : inside eating disorder treatment -- Elegy after gross misunderstandings -- Anatomical remodeling of the heart -- Starving the cyberverse -- Autobiography in it girls -- Too far : glowing girls and virtuous illness -- What's your number? -- Skinny, sexy, seizing -- Coda: Against dissociation feminism.
Summary
"A personal and cultural look at the dark underbelly of Western beauty standards and the lethal culture of disordered eating they've wrought. In Dead Weight, Emmeline Clein tells the story of her own disordered eating alongside and through other women from history, pop culture and the girls she's known and loved. Tracing the medical and cultural history of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Orthorexia, Clein investigates the economic conditions underpinning our eating disorder epidemic, and illuminates the ways racism and today's feminism have been complicit in propping up the thin ideal. While examining GOOP, Simone Weil, pro-anorexia blogs, and the flawed logic of our current methods of treatment, Clein also grapples with the myriad ways disordered eating has affected her own friendships and romantic relationships. Dead Weight makes the case that we are faced with a culture of suppression and denial that is insidious, pervasive, and dangerous, one that internalizes and promotes the fetish of self-shrinking as a core tenet of the American cult of femininity. This is replicated in our algorithms, our television shows, our novels, and our relationships with each other. A sharp, perceptive, and revelatory polemic for readers fascinated by the external forces shaping our lives, Dead Weight is electrifying, unapologetically bold, and fiercely compassionate"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Clein, Emmeline. Dead weight First edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2024] 9780593536919 (DLC) 2023022275
ISBN
9780593536902 (hardcover)
0593536908 (hardcover)
9780593536919 (ebook)
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