The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness  


“The Obsession is a deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society’s increasing demand that women be thin. It offers a careful, thought provoking discussion, of the reasons men have encouraged this obsession and women have embraced it. It is a book about women’s efforts to become thin rather than to accept the natural dimensions of their bodies–a book about the meaning of food and its rejection.”

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“Kim Chernin quietly and thoroughly undermines–one hopes forever–the popular, widely-endured tyranny of “thinness” over women’s bodies and souls. To read her is to experience an immediate and distinct feeling of liberation.”

– Alice Walker

“Eloquently written, passionate in its rhetoric, and consistently absorbing.”

– New York Times

“A dense, subtle, moving, gentle yet powerful, wholly remarkable book.”

– New Directions for Women