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Psychology Behind the Thin Woman

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The Fractured Figure

When it appears that increasing numbers of girls and women are being diagnosed as anorexic, and when so many girls and women suffered considerable distress in relation of eating, food and body-image, we need to ask whether any medical or quasi-medical notion of ‘anorexia’ as an individual pathology should retain its powerful hold over our understandings of ‘eating disorders’. For the notion of ‘anorexia’ as individual pathology precludes or at least limits our attempts to understand ‘anorexia’ within it socio-cultural, political and gender specific context. […] By presenting ‘anorexia’ as something located within the pathologized individual, this perspective limits the extent to which we can explore anorexia as a socially, discursively produced problem.

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In one of the opening paragraphs (featured above) of  The Thin Woman: Feminism, Post-Structuralism, and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa, Helen Malson retorts the argument that anorexia is induced solely by its victim, introducing her thesis:…

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