"the merchants of body hatred":
We believe that we can be critical of the negative practices of this persuasive industry and simply enjoy fashion and beauty, and yet the constant exhortation to change gets under our skin. [...] We transform the sense of being criticised (for inadequate lips, eyebrows, etc.) by becoming the moving and enthusiastic actor in our own self-improvement programme. We will eagerly repair what is wrong. It is as though, once having had our faults pointed out, we seize the chance to enhance ourselves by embracing the market's propositions.
- Susie Orbach, Bodies
Susie Orbach - Guardian Interview:
+ Lessons on the body politic, book review at guardian.co.uk
+ www.any-body.org & Any-Body on Facebook
The next book is Schimbarea la față a României (The Transfiguration of Romania) by E.M. Cioran.