Alexandra Jacobs
September 19, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Body Project

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
genre
Women's Studies

We gave it an A-

Thanking heaven for little girls is now bad form; imploring heaven to protect little girls from glossy media images is de rigueur. Everybody’s doing it…even glossy media. Maybe we should beseech heaven to protect little girls from cultural critics. This particular pundit, however, doesn’t simply hit Media Studies 101’s easiest targets (deodorant and lingerie ads) in The Body Project. She also pokes into a century’s worth of adolescent diaries, persuasively concluding that coming-of-age info should be dispensed by mothers — not medics and malls. Joan Jacobs Brumberg doesn’t just revive Ophelia — she drags her into the ladies’ room to quiz her on her preferred method of sanitary protection. She’s kind of an academic Judy Blume. A-

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