Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 February 2002

248 Pages | 8 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195140415

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Gender in the Mirror

Cultural Imagery & Women's Agency

Diana Tietjens Meyers

Studies in Feminist Philosophy

"In this innovative, elegantly written investigation, Diana Meyers invites her readers to reflect on, and devise ways of resisting, the ubiquitous yet varied imagery of 'woman' that saturates the social-political western world, thwarting women's efforts to achieve autonomous self-hood. Ranging widely across pronatalist messages, psychiatric practice, the health-beauty industry, and subtly conveyed inducements to remake the female body, she shows how women ingest normalizing images that they must struggle to expel if they are to affirm an authentic sense of self. This is a hopeful book, for Meyers is convinced that feminist women can indeed liberate themselves from the pressures such imagery exerts."--Lorraine Code, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, York University