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The Frailty Myth by Colette Dowling
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Sep 11, 2001 | ISBN 9780375758157

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“Rich cultures value thin women, and poor cultures fat women, but all male-dominant cultures value weakness in women. That’s why Colette Dowling’s The Frailty Myth is radical in its well-reasoned, readable, wise exposé of the reality, importance, and future of female strength.”
—Gloria Steinem

“Required reading . . . [a] strong argument against [the] ‘weaker-sex’ stereotype.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“In the twenty-first century, Americans are going to have to rethink the idea of the physical inferiority of women because of books like The Frailty Myth. Dowling overturns the old Victorian idea that women are the weaker sex. . . . This is a call to arms for female athleticism among girls and women of all ages.”
—Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls and
Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa

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