Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters


Go Courtney Go!

Courtney Martin journalist, teacher, and now author, launches her new book today Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, an examination of our current culture's obsession with thinness and how it distracts us from the things that really matter, like say politics, making a difference in the world, learning a hobby or just about anything else.

I like that one of Courtney's main messages is to EAT SOMETHING and I like that she views the obsession with weight and looks through a social justice lens. If we (or our daughters, sisters, friends, and others) are consumed with the number of calories we are eating, we are using our mental powers in a way that doesn't do anything good for us or our world.

This does not take away from our needs to make healthy choices in nutrition or exercise, instead the question is-- couldn't we be doing something much more constructive then obsessing???

Buy the book, read it, give it to someone you love!

Check out Courtney's adventures and a great picture of a girl in a tutu eating potato chips here

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