Like Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia (Ballantine, 1995) and Peggy Orenstein's SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap (Doubleday, 1995), Brumberg's book argues that contemporary girls are offered little help in dealing with cultural forces pressuring them to obsess
over their changing bodies.
I think we should obsess
about how dirty and great life is, how imperfect and (messed)-up it is.
And as with women's mags, this cycle of insanity is self-perpetuating: The more men obsess
about growing old or unattractive, the more marketers will exploit and expand that fear; the more marketers bombard men with messages about the need to be beautiful, the more they will obsess
Sufferers can become obsessed
with their weight or they can obsess
over exercise and with how many calories they are eating," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
UGO (pronounced "Yu-Gee-Oh") is dedicated to the diversions young men obsess
over: games, girls, movies, TV, music, sports, technology and animation.