July 24, 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:51 am by Iain

“The biomedical construction of ‘anorexia’ is profoundly problematic….Within this [biomedical] discourse, there is no space in which to explore the political, socio-cultural or psychological aspects of women’s ‘anorexic’ experiences because women’s experiences, women’s distress about food, eating, embodiment and identity are presented as predominately the effects of hypothesized dysfunctions of our bodies….we should be suspicious of such reasoning which relies on implicit beliefs about the female body’s propensity for illness.”

Helon Malson, The Thin Woman: Feminism, post-structuralism and the social psychology of anorexia nervosa, 79-80.